During the annual Be a Tool Day of Service, it’s not uncommon to see a homeowner serving cold drinks, moving materials or working alongside volunteers. “It’s special to see their joy and how …
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The eighth annual Be A Tool Day of Service takes place Sept. 8 in Golden, Arvada, Englewood and Idaho Springs. Online registration for volunteers opened July 29 and will run through Aug. 26. To register or learn more, visit www.beatool.org.
During the annual Be a Tool Day of Service, it’s not uncommon to see a homeowner serving cold drinks, moving materials or working alongside volunteers.
“It’s special to see their joy and how much the project means to them,” said Jeff Fox of Golden, who has been involved with Neighborhood Rehab Project for at least six years. But “it’s more than just a project. You’re really helping to change someone’s life. And getting to know the homeowner makes it even more fulfilling.”
The eighth annual Be A Tool Day of Service, sponsored by the Neighborhood Rehab Project, takes place Sept. 8 in Golden, Arvada, Englewood and Idaho Springs. Online registration for volunteers opened July 29 and will run through Aug. 26.
“It’s an amazing day,” said Daniel Coffey of Golden, who has participated in at least five Be A Tool Day of Service events. “It’s energizing getting together with hundreds of people who want to help the community. Knowing that we’re doing something good together brings me a lot of joy.”
Neighborhood Rehab Project is a nonprofit organization that facilitates community volunteers coming together to help their neighbors address the basic needs of having warm, safe and dry households. Homeowners go through an assessment process to qualify as recipients of a project, but include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, single parents and/or financially burdened individuals, upon referral.
Volunteers also can get involved with the organization’s Be a Tool projects year-round. These projects are generally larger, such as replacing roofs, decks, water heaters and furnaces.
“It wasn’t long after I arrived in Golden that I started hearing about Neighborhood Rehab Project,” said Andrew Osten, one of the pastors at First Presbyterian Church in Golden.
Osten moved to Golden about two years ago and participated in the Be A Tool Day of Service last year for the first time.
“The day flew by,” he said. “You have a lot of fun while making a big difference in the community.”
Founder Dan Thoemke started the service day in Golden, and it has recently spread to other nearby Colorado communities. Englewood and Arvada are in their third year and Idaho Springs is in its second year. Last year, just over 1,000 volunteers throughout the four cities participated.
“It continues to grow each year,” said Beth Loewen, an Arvada resident and longtime Be A Tool Day of Service volunteer. “We anticipate (it will) continue to grow in total numbers as we continue to add cities.”
Volunteer projects range from yard cleanup, fence repairs and painting or staining, to replacement of stairs or handrails, minor plumbing repairs, adjusting windows and doors or working on gutters.
Registration includes providing what kind of work you can and want to do, and volunteers are matched with a project according to their skill sets.
“The reward is much greater than the effort,” Fox said. “This is a very easy and tangible way for me to give back to a community I care a lot about.”
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