MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Colorado State University Students Clean-Up Neighborhoods

WHAT: Each fall, Colorado State University students adopt a neighbor who is elderly or disabled to help them with fall yard work during the annual Fall Clean-Up. Fall Clean-Up has been a tradition at CSU since 2005. Last year, more than 1,200 people, mostly students and some CSU employees, volunteered to help 150 Fort Collins residents. The program aims to help people stay independent and in their homes.

WHEN and WHERE: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the Commons area in the Lory Student Center.

DETAILS: Fall Clean-Up is sponsored by CSU’s Off-Campus Life office and the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Office.

Reporters and photographers who want to cover Fall Clean-Up day are encouraged to be at check-in so they can follow a student group. Reporters should RSVP to Dell Rae Moellenberg by noon Friday, Nov. 2 if they are interested in covering Fall Clean-Up so willing students and residents can be identified.

In recent years, 94 percent of CSU students who participate in Fall Clean-Up report that they are now more motivated to help and maintain neighborhood quality of life, and 89 percent say that they are less likely to behave or act in a way that negatively impacts their neighborhood. All CSU students who participate say they feel more a part of the Fort Collins community.

Of the neighbors who were assisted, 71 percent feel more connected to CSU students as a result of Clean-Up, and 81 percent say they wouldn’t have been able to complete the work without the students’ help.

Reporters are asked to RSVP to Dell Rae Moellenberg so that citizens and volunteers who are willing to be interviewed by the media can be identified. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, Nov. 2.