On May 27, 2015, associates from Life Care Center of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, volunteered their time and helping hands to do lawn work for local seniors.
It was all part of a community-service event called Rake and Run. Each year, a senior-advocacy association called Carenet sponsors the event, mobilizing teams of volunteers and professionals to help seniors who need assistance with their yards.
This year, 10 teams with more than 70 people got busy cleaning up the landscaping of community seniors from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Twelve Life Care Center of Coeur d'Alene associates participated on a team.
“We weeded, mowed, pulled out shrubs and hauled it all away for more than 30 grateful seniors,” said Donna Birch, marketing director. “I was one of the Dump Bunnies – we picked up yard waste and disposed of it. Seeing the homeowners so excited about us being there was amazing.”
After the event, Carenet presented several awards at the luncheon for the hungry yard workers.
“The most coveted award given out to the teams is the Golden Rake Award,” said Birch. “This award is given to the team with the most spirit, best work ethic and most dedication. Of course, Life Care won! It was a great day!”
In honor of the achievement, the Life Care Center of Coeur d’Alene team received the golden rake.