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Record turnout for Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s sixth annual Community Volunteer

4/30/2014, 2:12 p.m.
Workday drew a record turnout of 500 participants this past Saturday, April 26. Volunteers were divided into teams to tackle ...
A record number of volunteers participated in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s sixth annual Community Volunteer Workday on Saturday, April 26. Five hundred volunteers worked to clean and improve preserves in Naperville, Bolingbrook and Romeoville.

Volunteers were divided into teams to tackle work at three District preserves: Whalon Lake in Naperville/Bolingbrook, Veterans Woods in Romeoville and Riverview Farmstead in Naperville. Armed with rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows, participants helped with trail maintenance, brush clearing, rubbish removal and wood chipping. The work will benefit native plants, wildlife and the community.

Many event participants came from several area businesses and organizations including: Comcast, JULIE Inc., Home Depot, Saratoga Foods, CITGO, Homer Tree

Service, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, Joliet Job Corps, Lemont High School and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The Forest Preserve District’s volunteer workday coincided with Comcast Cares Day – the company’s signature day of service – and Joliet-based JULIE Inc.’s Safe Digging Month Campaign, which urges Illinois residents and contractors to call 811 before they dig.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Forest Preserve District, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.