Local volunteers make time to help elderly and disabled residents

Photo courtesy of Lisa Hicks-Clayton Annapolis High School Key Club members Hannah Fleenery (left) and Shaira Marquez clean up tree branches during the third annual A Day In May community service cleanup on May 26.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Hicks-Clayton
Annapolis High School Key Club members Hannah Fleenery (left) and Shaira Marquez clean up tree branches during the third annual A Day In May community service cleanup on May 26.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Community service cleanup day volunteers assisted senior citizens and disabled residents in need by completing yard work on the third annual A Day In May on May 26.

The 18 volunteers — 14 students and four adults from Annapolis High School Key Club, Riverside Middle School Builders Club and the Golfview Manor Civic Association Teen Action Council — spent their day helping 12 residents in Dearborn Heights.

“Throughout the day we assisted with yard cleanups, clearing fallen branches, weeding flower beds, planting flowers and seeds, and clearing overgrown vegetation especially along fence lines and removing tree branches downed by recent storms,” event sponsor Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton said.

Since 2016, the community service cleanup has provided 77 elderly and disabled with the complimentary service.
“The annual service day was the result of elderly and disabled residents of Dearborn Heights who needed assistance with yard work. Many had called, seeking help,” Hicks-Clayton said. “As a City Council member, I wanted to work with our youth service organization and support our residents.”

Hicks-Clayton said other cleanups are scheduled during the summer for students through youth leadership programs.

The next A Day In May community service cleanup will be scheduled for May 2019. Hicks-Clayton said she hopes to see the cleanups grow in the upcoming years.

“The program has been very impactful,” she said. “It will continue to be an annual event. Past years, the service day has had up to 40 volunteers. We hope to see continue growth, as the need continues to grow.”

Donations for future cleanups can be made to the non-profit GMCA Teen Action Council.

For more information on the cleanups, to volunteer or donate, contact Hicks-Clayton at 313-348-9848 or by email at hicksclayton4dhcitycouncil@yahoo.com.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)