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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Volunteers needed to make a difference

By Joey Bautista

Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps manager

Volunteers are needed Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to give Iron Horse Park and its surrounding areas a facelift.

Make A Difference Day is a national volunteer day event dedicated to helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. The annual event takes place the fourth Saturday of October.

In 2011, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns and communities.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Fort Carson Make A Difference Day. Volunteers will meet at Iron Horse Park main pavilion at 8 a.m. for on-site registration and a free continental breakfast.

A limited number of T-shirts will be distributed to participants on a first-come, first-served basis and each volunteer will receive a project assignment. Participants will return to the pavilion at 1 p.m. for a free lunch, entertainment, a prize raffle and comments by the garrison commander and senior enlisted leader.

There are five main projects scheduled this year:

Iron Horse Park and dog park — An overall beautification of the park to include general cleaning, raking and maintenance of the grounds of the Iron Horse Park and Dog Park.

Fort Carson military housing — General cleaning and maintenance of the military housing community, including beautification of the parks, playgrounds and common areas as well as painting and repairing fences and landscape maintenance.

Gate 1 to Gate 4 fence line — General policing, cleaning and maintenance of Fort Carson fence line from the main gate to B Street gate.

Storm water drains — General cleaning and maintenance of stormwater ditches to include erosion control, repairs and clearing of debris. Concentration of the storm drainage cleanup will be conducted around schools and Iron Horse Park storm drainage areas.

Electronics recycling drop-off — There will be collection containers for unwanted personal electronics (no government property accepted).

The following personal items will be collected and then recycled by the El Paso County Solid Waste Management facility: computers, laptops and accessories; camcorders, cell phones, copiers, digital cameras, fax machines, pagers, personal digital assistants, printers, scanners, stereos, VCR and DVD players and telephones. No microwave ovens or televisions will be accepted.

Make A Difference Day is a national day set aside for “doing good works.” It is the largest community service volunteer effort conducted on a national level. Individuals and Families, school and church groups, businesses and other organizations draw upon their skills and resources to contribute where needs exist.

Work boots or sturdy shoes and work gloves are required. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes. Participants must be 14 or older, however, younger children are welcome if accompanied by parents.

To register, visit the Fort Carson Army

Volunteer Corps Office at Army Community Service, building 1526, or contact Joey Bautista, Fort Carson Army Volunteer manager, at 526-4590/1082 or josesimo.r.bautista.civ@mail.mil.

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