Edina is joining the National Make a Difference Day to celebrate a culture of service in the Edina community.
Edina Day of Service is Saturday, Oct. 25.
“Volunteering is just plain good for you,” said Kris Marshall of Connecting With Kids and coordinator of the sixth-annual Edina Day of Service. Neighbors helping neighbors is an asset-drive approach to volunteering that empowers residents to find innovative and sustainable solutions to local community challenges, according to Marshall. Research shows that helping neighbors creates stronger connections with families and communities, as well as becoming positive role models for children and providing more resources for youth, adults and families.
The Edina High School wrestling team will be raking elderly residents’ lawns for this year’s Edina Day of Service.
“We believe it’s important for our student athletes to give back to the community that supports them. We are happy to give help to those who need help,” said Wrestling Booster Club parent Dan Hunt.
Edina Morningside Rotary will be organizing a large group of youth and adult volunteers to pick up litter along Highway 100. More than 100 garbage bags full of highway litter were collected last year.
“It’s amazing what you find in the form of throw-away items along the highway … the beverage industry is well-represented!” Morningside Rotarian Bob Schriver said.
Cool Planet has been involved in Edina Day of Service for the past five years. The group combines its love for biking and sustainability by visiting service sites by bike. Members call it “bike-to-serve” and travel from one site to another to assist with organized service projects like fall garden composting, removal of buckthorn, playground clean-up and visiting neighborhood solar projects.
“Edina Day of Service gives us an opportunity to highlight some simple actions that ordinary citizens can take to make a difference in the environment,” said Paul Thompson of Cool Planet.
Boy Scouts, Rotary, Edina schools and churches, Xcel Home Energy, local businesses, sport teams and individuals plan to come together to give their time and energy on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Edina Day of Service is hosted by Connecting With Kids, a program of the Edina Community Foundation.
Info/sign up to volunteer: edinadayofservice.org.