Pride in the community will be shining bright on the second annual KARE For Kane Day scheduled Friday, May 11.
More than 45 volunteers already have registered to participate in the “spring cleanup” program to spruce up Kane.
The Kane Area Development Center (KADC) and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE), sponsors of KARE For Kane, are seeking 300 volunteers this year.
In the first year, a total of 230 volunteers worked on 37 community-improvement projects.
Melanie Clabaugh, executive director of the Kane Area Development Center and KARE, is one of the coordinators of KARE For Kane. She is assisted by Kathleen Prosperi, who is an AmeriCorps staff member at Kane Area High School.
Clabaugh said the coordinators “now have a model” to use to serve as a guide for KARE For Kane.
“Last year, we had to start from scratch,” Clabaugh said. She said the first KARE For Kane was a "huge success" that hopefully will be duplicated this year.
"We received so much positive feedback from the community," Clabaugh said in reference to the first KARE For Kane Day. She said the praise came from the "volunteers" and from "those who didn't volunteer."
"People saw what we accomplished last year and more people want to take part," Prosperi said.
Area residents wishing to volunteer on KARE For Kane this year are asked to register at the Kane Chamber of Commerce office at 54 Fraley St. in Uptown Kane. Residents and groups also may volunteer by visiting the KADC website at www.kanepa.com  or by calling the office at 837-6565.
While supplies last, volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
Clabaugh said KARE For Kane is "a good way" for local residents to "come together to give back to the community."
The one-day program to spruce up Kane begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m.-- rain or shine.
The Kane Community Center on Fraley Street is the headquarters for KARE For Kane. Volunteers are asked to report to the center for their assignments. Refreshments and a free lunch for the volunteers also will be available at the community center.
The KADC also is seeking ideas for possible cleanup projects this year.
The project list already includes litter pickup, landscaping at the Kane entrance signs, painting the fence at the tennis courts at Evergreen Park, improving the appearance at the site of the Biddle Street station for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad, repairs at the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park, sweeping sidewalks and various other "spring cleanup" tasks.
"We need more projects," Clabaugh said. "If someone has an idea for a project, send it our way."
The KADC has asked area churches, municipalities, clubs, the school district and other organizations for ideas for cleanup projects.
Prosperi said high school students will be among those volunteers working on KARE For Kane projects. She expects about 100 students to volunteer to spend part of the school day working at the various cleanup sites.
Prosperi said the project "gives students the opportunity to help their community."
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