RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors)
West Chester Township
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Small family groups are encouraged to set a date this fall and volunteer to help local senior citizens around the yard.
West Chester Township re-imagined its RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors) event this fall after being forced to cancel in the spring due to the public health crisis. Now, volunteers have the flexibility to choose just about any autumn date to be paired with a local resident in need.
"Due the current COVID-19 pandemic, RASKALS will look a little different this year. Instead of a single event day, volunteers can choose anytime from mid-November to early December to help our local seniors," said Laura Groff, who has led the Township’s RASKALS efforts for a decade and a half.
West Chester made every accommodation to keep the biannual service project on the calendar due to the great need, Groff said. Duties this time of year mainly involve managing copious amounts of fallen leaves that seniors living at home may otherwise be unable to address.
"We will match your volunteer group with seniors who need help and provide some basic supplies. We encourage families and small groups to exercise safety while providing socially distant outdoor work," Groff said.
To volunteer, individuals and/or small groups are encouraged to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13. The link to RSVP is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ba9aa2da1fb6-20201.
All RASKALS work is coordinated by West Chester Township organizers. Volunteer teams are paired with homes in the neighborhood where they complete simple yard clean-up tasks and outdoor chores. Volunteer work has traditionally been performed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; however, volunteers will be able to work with clients to set a schedule this fall.
Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age or accompanied by an adult if younger, and all participants must complete a waiver.
RASKALS serves more than 100 clients each year. The program helps seniors remain more self-sufficient while developing meaningful relationships between volunteers and their fellow neighbors.
For more information, email or call 513-759-7303.
About West Chester Township
9113 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069, US
West Chester: "Where families grow and businesses prosper."
A blend of residential, professional and recreational development has made West Chester a place "Where Families Grow and Businesses Prosper."
The community’s vibrancy and the heart of its residents have made West Chester "One of America’s Best Places to Live." West Chester has been named to Money Magazine’s prestigious national list recognizing the top 100 communities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.
West Chester’s nearly 35 square miles is home to more than 61,000 residents and nearly 3,500 businesses with a tax base of 40% commercial and 60% residential.
Nearly 37% of West Chester’s residents are between the ages of 35 and 54. The median home value is $203,874 and of West Chester’s more than 22,000 housing units, more than 70% are single family homes.
West Chester is served by the Lakota Local Schools with an enrollment of nearly 17,000 students in 22 buildings. Lakota Local Schools ranks among the state’s top school districts for academic excellence.