Project Leaf offers many opportunities for Bay residents to help local cancer patients this fall

Autumn is officially here, and with it comes cooler temperatures, football games, snuggly sweaters, apple cider, clambakes, pumpkin spiced everything and the dazzling color-change of the leaves on our many Bay Village trees. But even as we enjoy all the pleasures the season brings, we can’t help but feel a sense of foreboding that all those lovely red, yellow, orange, purple and brown leaves will soon be falling from the sky and piling up in yards around town.

Project Leaf to the rescue! For the fourth year in a row, Village Project is offering to rake leaves for local residents and make their fall season a little less back-breaking in exchange for donations to help the organization continue its work.

Village Project is a non-profit, multi-generational community program that provides nourishing meals and extended care and services to our neighbors battling cancer who live in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Project Leaf will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-5 p.m. for homes in Bay Village only. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 30. Suggested donations are $50 and up, with donations in excess of $50 qualifying as tax deductible. Donations will be collected by volunteers when the raking has been completed. You may register for your yard to be included until Oct. 24 at

A large event of this kind requires many, helpful hands. Are you looking to get more involved in the community? The Village Project is also seeking volunteers to provide raking and other support services for Project Leaf. Some ways you can help include being part of a team to rake yards of local homes, acting as a dispatcher, assisting with route mapping, donating food or drinks for the volunteers, and making reminder calls. To sign up to help with this worthwhile project or to get more information, please email or call 440-348-9401.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:02 AM, 10.04.2016