The annual Workers on Wheels
Rake the Town event where volunteers from businesses and the community sign up
to rake the yard for homeowners in our community who have a hard time doing it
"I'm 101 years old, I
was 101 on the 25th of September," said Sioux
Falls homeowner Mingon "Migs" Sommers.
Like most homeowners of
her generations, Sommers can use a little help getter her house ready for
"When I first moved in I
could do everything except the storm windows...but eventually all my kids say
do not get up on ladders anymore. So thank goodness for these good guys," said Sommers.
Each year, businesses
and other members of the Sioux Falls
community volunteer to rake yards. Workers on Wheels organizes the event each
year that's open to any homeowner age 60 or older and younger disable
homeowners who meet certain financial qualifications.
participating many, many years, and a lot of these home owners we go back each
and every year to rake their lawn," said David Long, the director of Capital
One in Sioux Falls.
"Our volunteers build
relationships with a lot of our clients. And it's a lasting relationship. They
look forward to seeing that person every year," said LaRae Clausen, the
Director of Workers on Wheels.
Sommers has that kind of
bond with a group of volunteers from Capital One.
"We've been doing this
yard for about four years. Of all the yards that we go and do this is one of
our favorite home owners to go and help out with. She is a wonderful lady,"
"They are a godsend I
tell you! I used to rake but anymore my back aches. And they come and they're
such a great bunch! I'm so thankful for them," said Sommers.
Workers on Wheels is
always looking for more volunteers to help with Rake the Town, but this year,
the real need is actually finding more homeowners.
"We have a tremendous amount of volunteers. We
are actually a few yards short so we are looking for home owners to call us and
get registered for rake the town," said LaRae Clausen, the Director of Workers
If you would like to get
your yard added to the list, call Workers on Wheels at Active Generations
before Friday. There's still time to volunteer for Rake the Town as Well. Just
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