What possibly could convince 60 Baldwin residents to crawl out of bed, put on work clothes and head out to the city lake for a little wood chopping?
That's easy, Suzanne Roberts said: the Day of Caring.
"I feel like I've got everybody involved," said Roberts, drive chair for the United Way of Douglas County in Baldwin. "The true Baldwinites always wanted this lake back the way they remember it. That's what we're trying to do.
"I think we've really got a diamond in the rough here, and once we fix it up, people are going to realize we've got something great."
In all, nearly 700 volunteers from Baldwin, Eudora and Lawrence have signed on to help United Way agencies during Saturday's Day of Caring.
The second annual event will kick off this year's United Way drive, which seeks financial support for the 31 United Way agencies in the county.
Connie Sollars, co-chair for the Day of Caring, said service projects would range from passing out educational AIDS information to cleaning up city parks and painting agency offices.
The day will start with an 8 a.m. breakfast at St. John the Evangelist gymnasium, 1229 Vt., where recognitions and awards will be presented. Then hundreds of helpers will fan out to work for the good of the community.
"It certainly shows that we are a very generous community ... and this certainly spotlights and highlights that fact," Sollars said. "It speaks well for everyone."
One United Way agency, the Pelathe District of the Boy Scouts of America, already has taken on Baldwin's city lake as a service project. Saturday's efforts, however, will cut up five fallen oak, elm and maple trees for firewood -- all within three hours.
Along with individual helpers, volunteers will come from the Baldwin school district, Baker University and Boy Scout Troop 65.
"It's going to be gorgeous," Roberts said.