Picente: Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office for the Aging Team to Assist the Elderly with General Yard Clean Up

Oneida County Executive, Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office for the Aging have joined together in an effort to unite area youth with the elderly to help with general yard work.

“Each spring, homeowners face the task of cleaning up their property from the debris the previous winter has left behind,” Picente said.  “This can be a daunting or impossible task for elderly homeowners and this project brings in youths to help these senior citizens clear their property of the debris left behind.  I am pleased that these two departments are working together in this manner in order to benefit the elderly in need, as well as the youth looking to help.”
 
The Intergenerational Spring Clean-up is collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the Oneida County Office of the Aging and our Oneida County school districts, colleges and youth organizations. The Clean-Up is scheduled for the weekend of April 25th and April 26th, which coincides with Global Youth Service Day.
 
This pilot project is designed to link youth with the elderly and encourages volunteerism. The youth volunteers will perform general yard clean-up duties; raking and bagging leaves, sweeping porches and sidewalks and bringing light refuse to the curb for pickup. These efforts will be performed between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 each day. The goal for this weekend will be to deliver as many services as possible, depending on the number of volunteers and the number of volunteers in each specific area. 
 
Any senior that is interested in applying for this project should call Office for the Aging at 798-5456. 
 
Any person or organization interested in volunteering should contact the Youth Bureau at 798-5027.