Colorado State University Students Help Clean Up Community

Off-Campus Student Services at Colorado State University and the city of Fort Collins’ Neighborhood Services Office are teaming up for the 4th annual Adopt-A-Neighbor Fall Clean-Up event, which takes place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, throughout the Fort Collins community.  

More than 500 student volunteers will rake leaves, pick up litter, clean gutters, trim bushes and assist in other yard work. The program provides support to some 75 elderly or disabled community members who need help maintaining their yards.

Volunteers will receive a T-shirt sporting the words, "Rake a Neighbor’s Day." Each year the event has grown in size. "Ninety-seven percent of students who participated in the past said that they would want to volunteer again in the future," said Melissa Emerson, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Student Services at Colorado State.

"Year after year, I’ve received thank-you notes from elderly residents who claim that the only reason they’re able to stay in their home is because of the students who continue to help with yard maintenance," Emerson said. By volunteering for this event, students also feel a greater connection to the Fort Collins community.  

For more information, call (970) 491-2248 or e-mail