Volunteers give back to Valley

Almost 250 volunteers from around the St. Croix Valley participated in 16 region-wide service projects during Community Thread’s 4th Annual “Spring Into Service” event May 4.

Project locations included Arcola Mills, ArtReach St. Croix, Community Thread, Main Street Stillwater, Solid Ground, HOPE Adoption and Family Services, Hope House, Good Samaritan Society, Minnesota Food Association, Merrick Inc., Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Regina Medical Center, Peace House, Youth Service Bureau, Warner Nature Center and the Stillwater Veteran’s Memorial.

Volunteers of all ages performed tasks such as planting trees, removing invasive species, gardening, painting and raking, working from 9 a.m. to noon, then participating in an after-party at Community Thread that included a free lunch courtesy of sponsors, door prizes and a silent auction.

The volunteer work done was a huge help to the non-profit organizations involved. The estimated value of the work done was more than $16,300.

Spring Into Service participants appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community. One volunteer said his favorite part of the day was, “meeting people and planting 500 trees.” Another volunteer added, “I felt inspired and motivated to help my community.”

Sponsors of Spring Into Service were Andersen Corp., Cates Fine Homes, Anastasi Jellum, Eckberg Lammers, Culver’s of Stillwater, Central Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Orchard Dental, Pony Preschool, St. Croix Orthopaedic, P.A., Stenberg Orthodontics, VanOrsdale Edina Realty, Wahoo! Adventures, Afton Area Business Association, Bayport Marina Association, Bay Dental Care, Dan Ridway Family, Lake Elmo Bank, Mari Canvas, McGarry Kearney Agency, Moo Oink Cluck, Lawson Law Firm and Valley Orthodontics.

Visit the Community Thread web site at www.communitythreadmn.org or by calling 651-439-7434 for more information about Spring Into Service and other Community Thread programs and services.