Project Leaf is back to aid Bay residents and help local cancer patients

Autumn is finally here, and the evidence is everywhere, delighting our senses. You can feel and smell the crispness creeping into the air. You can hear the marching band and cheering fans at Bay High football games. (Go Rockets!) You can taste the apple cider and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in your favorite fall foods. Whether they’ve changed colors or not, leaves are beginning to fall. Before too long, our green Bay Village lawns will disappear under piles of autumn splendor. Uh oh … we have work to do.

Project Leaf to the rescue! For the fifth 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, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Project Leaf will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1-5 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Nov. 5. 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. 28 at

A large event of this kind requires many, helpful hands. Are you looking to get more involved in the community? 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, compiling team packets and serving as a Village Project host/hostess during the event.

This year, to relieve congestion, rakers will be meeting in the Bay High School parking lot at 12:45 p.m. to join their teams and head out to their assigned yards. Rakers will gather at VP headquarters for refreshments after they have finished raking.

Signing up to help with this worthwhile project is also available at To get more information about the organization, 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 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.17.2017