- November 6, 2021
- 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Menomonee Falls Community Education and Recreation Center W152 N8645 Margaret Rd Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
2020 Leaf Raking Scoreboard: Optimist Club 1, Mother Nature 0
With a nod to COVID-19 restrictions and a poor recent track record with winter weather, our leaf-raking event went through some significant changes in 2020.
Instead of holding leaf-raking on a single Saturday, we spread the event over three weeks starting on November 7 and concluding on November 22.
Five youth organizations (Cub Scouts, Falls Angels, Junior Phoenix Baseball, Kindness for Kaden & The MFHS Student Council), totaling 247 volunteers, were able to rake the yards of 16 senior residences. These organizations took on additional duties this year including contacting homeowners to schedule, coordinating picture-taking, and dumping leaves at Shady Lane Greenhouses when necessary.
Homeowners donated $670 to be shared with the youth organizations. The Optimist Club Board approved a donation of an additional $1,000 so that the teams split a total of $1,670.
Feedback about the 2020 approach was very positive from both residents and volunteer teams. And because we had more choices for dates, weather was not a factor! We recommend using the same approach in 2021.
Once again, Karl Hornung at Shady Lane Greenhouses graciously allowed us to dump leaves at his business so that we avoided Orchard Ridge dumping fees. Please consider Shady Lane if you are in the market for plants!