Neighbors helping neighbors
SPINDALE — Volunteers from service organizations and community members united in a common mission to improve the lives of others in Rutherford County on Saturday for National Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.
Thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, nonprofit organizations and community volunteers, from yard work and touch-up painting to home repairs and ramp installations.
In Rutherford County, volunteers began helping those in need during the Week of Caring — Oct. 19-26 — a collaboration of the United Way of Rutherford County and the Rutherford Housing Partnership, in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day on Saturday.
"Service is my passion, and there are enough community service projects in our county to do that we don't need to go very far to help others," said Kim Freeman, executive director at Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and one of three vice presidents with the Rutherfordton Lions Club.
Freeman spent Make a Difference Day with fellow Lions Club members Bill Wells and Cindy and Bill Buck, engaging in intense yard work at a residence on Ledbetter Road in Spindale.
"We chose this project at this house because we thought it would be good to do some revitalization in the area since there will be a new subdivision nearby in the future," Freeman said. "Prior to coming here, we also helped build a ramp for a blind person at a different residence."
"While the primary mission of the Lions Club is to help the blind, we've also been helping others in need by doing their yard work," Cindy said. "It's a nice change from the everyday."
The Lions Club volunteers spent the early morning and afternoon hours trimming trees and hedges, raking leaves and branches and removing weeds and dead shrubs at the Ledbetter Road residence.
"We are a service organization any when we have the opportunity to help people, we do just that," Cindy said.