Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates sign ups ongoing

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Volunteers in the 2010 Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates

People and places. That’s the focus of the final months of preparation for the 14th Annual Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates day of volunteer, community service, Sunday, April 10.

During Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates, Yates County students, families or senior citizens interested in making the community a better place to live and work come together to perform painting, cleaning, building, and repairing tasks to help local non-profit agencies and groups.

Yates County non-profits may still apply to become official CSCY work sites where volunteer service workers will be welcomed from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. And all those from local schools or community groups willing to pick up a rake, paintbrush, garden hose, wash rag or other hand tool are invited to sign up now to become a CSCY volunteer. Last year, a record 248 volunteers pitched in.

Past work site locations have included fire departments, churches, camps, cemeteries, park sites and more. A non-profit can become a work site when its leader(s) or supporter(s) provide supplies for the task and someone who can serve as a site supervisor on the work day. Service work is performed rain or shine, so planning activities for indoors as well as outdoors is encouraged. Non-profits must register as a work site by March 18 in order to receive volunteer service on April 10.  To register, contact the Yates County Chamber of Commerce at 315-536-3111 or Keuka College Student Activities at 315-279-5294.

Volunteers who sign up to serve before March 18 will receive a free T-shirt, lunch, and transportation to the work site. Volunteers may sign up individually, or as part of a group. However, those under age 15 must have both written consent to volunteer and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Forms are available online at: www.Keuka.edu/go/cscy. On the day of the event, registration and lunch at Geiser cafeteria (Dahlstrom Student Center on the Keuka campus) takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Registration is required for all volunteers in order to guarantee proper site placement and precedes the opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

A collaborative effort of volunteers from Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Service … Celebrate Yates is made possible with support from local organizations, merchants, businesses, and citizens. The 2010 sponsors were: AES Grenich, Ameriprise Financial, Esperanza Mansion, Fitzgerald  Brothers, Graphic Connections, Knapp & Schlappi, Knights of Columbus, Keuka College Student Senate, K-Ventures, Lyons National Bank, Penn Yan Area Council of Churches, Roto Salt, Sodexo Food Services, Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Stork Insurance, Tony Collins - Class of 1977 Celebrity Classic, Yates ARC, and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. Local merchants interested in sponsoring donations of goods or supplies should contact Mike Linehan at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, 315-536-3111.

Keuka students helped with several activities in 2010.