Agencies are looking for volunteers as well as people who need help with home projects.
Eve Cofer knows there are elderly, disabled and low-income people in the Douglas County area who need help with tasks such as cleaning gutters, raking yards and preparing their homes for the winter ahead.
The director of the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) in Douglas County is hoping they'll come forward so volunteers can help them on ``Make a Difference Day'' on Oct. 24.
The theme of this year's local effort is ``Share a Smile, Make a Smile.'' Volunteers from ECKAN, Wal-Mart, KPL, the Sigma Nu fraternity at Kansas University and the Boy Scouts -- as well as residents of the Lawrence area -- will pitch in to help with household tasks some families might not be able to afford or do themselves.
One man needs help putting up skirting on his mobile home. Another project calls for helping a resident take an air conditioning unit out of a window before colder weather strikes.
Cofer is seeking volunteers as well as families or individual residents who need help with projects. Volunteers do not need to have any special skills to participate but a willingness to help and complete at least one project, Cofer said. A volunteer meeting to coordinate projects will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at KPL, 333 W. Ninth.
Wal-Mart has agreed to donate supplies for the projects, Cofer said. That way there's no cost to the recipients.
At the same time, Boy Scouts will be scouring the area picking up nonperishable food for distribution at five Lawrence food pantries. The scouts are asking people to put food out by their mailbox by 9 a.m. Oct. 24. If for any reason the food is not picked up, people making donations should call ECKAN at (785) 841-3357 or deliver the food themselves to the agency at 1600 Haskell Ave. No. 197 or to the Pelathe Indian Center at the corner of 15th and Haskell streets.
This is the fourth year ECKAN has participated in Make a Difference Day, a nationwide project started by USA Weekend magazine.
For more information about any part of the project, call Cofer at ECKAN.
-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.