By Joey Bautista | Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps Manager
Grab the boots, gloves and rakes; volunteers are needed Oct. 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give Iron Horse Park and its surrounding areas a facelift.
Make A Difference Day (MADD) is a national volunteer day dedicated to helping others — a celebration of “neighbors helping neighbors.” MADD is an annual event, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Millions have participated. In 2018, throughout the nation, more than 3.5 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns and communities.
Fort Carson’s MADD is Oct. 26, and everyone is welcome to volunteer for the event. The day is set aside for “doing good works.” It is the largest community service volunteer effort conducted on a national level. This day, individuals and Families, school and church groups, businesses and other organizations draw upon their skills and resources to contribute where needs exist.
MADD is one way to help the military community and make Fort Carson the “Best Home Town in the Army-Home of America’s Best.”
MADD participants and volunteers will meet at the Iron Horse Park main pavilion at 7:30 a.m.
On-site registration will take place and a free continental breakfast will be served, and each volunteer will receive a MADD project assignment. At noon, the volunteers will return to the park’s main pavilion for free lunch, when the garrison commander and command sergeant major and are expected to thank the volunteers.
A certificate of appreciation will be given to all civilian participants and certificate of achievement will be given out to all active-duty military participants.
There are four main MAAD projects to focus on:
1. Iron Horse Park, sports complex and dog park: a makeover and overall beautification including general cleaning, raking and maintenance of the grounds
2. Stormwater drainages: general cleaning and maintenance of stormwater ditches to include clearing the debris from drainages
3. Military housing: general cleaning and maintenance of the military housing community, including a makeover and beautification of the parks, playgrounds and common areas, as well as painting and repairing fences and landscape maintenance
4. Fountain Fort Carson District 8 (on-post schools): general beautification, cleaning and maintenance, including a makeover of the parks, playgrounds and common areas, as well as painting and landscape maintenance
Be prepared with the following information:
• Bring your own rake; supplies and some tools will be provided
• Work boots or sturdy shoes and work gloves are required
• Children are welcome with parent or guardian monitoring
• Volunteers will meet at Iron Horse Park at 7:30 a.m.
• Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers
Join Fort Carson this year to make a difference. Online registration is available. For more information and to register, visit https://carson.army.mil/acs and type “MADD 2019” in the search bar or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-make-a-difference-day-tickets-547565242. Volunteers can also visit the Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps office at Army Community Service, building 1526, or email Joey Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 526-4590/1082.