Colorado State University Volunteers Assist Elderly Fort Collins Residents

Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Office are teaming up for the ninth annual Fall Clean Up event. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and runs until 1 p.m. throughout the Fort Collins community.

More than 1,200 volunteers are expected to help more than 170 residents. CSU students and staff will provide assistance for elderly and/or physically limited City of Fort Collins residents who need help getting their homes ready for the fall/winter season by raking leaves, washing windows, trimming bushes, cleaning gutters and other essential outdoor tasks. Off-Campus Life and Neighborhood Services provide appropriate disposal services for the thousands of bags filled with collected leaves.

“Each year, our office has the privilege of reading many thank-you notes from elderly residents telling us that the yard maintenance done during the Fall Clean Up event makes it possible for them to stay in their homes,” said Emily Allen, community liaison for the City of Fort Collins and Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University. “Additionally, they often share that their favorite part of the event is the chance to chat and laugh with students they otherwise would not have met.”

What makes this program so special is that it goes beyond helping residents in need prepare their homes for the fall and winter seasons. It helps connect students with long-term residents across the city.

Last year, 98 percent of the students surveyed felt that assisting with Fall Clean Up helped them feel more a part of the Fort Collins community. Ninety-one percent felt that as a result of participating, they would be less likely to choose behaviors and actions that could negatively impact neighborhoods in the community. Ninety-three percent felt that volunteering further motivated them to help maintain the neighborhood quality of life of Fort Collins.

Of the neighbors who received assistance, 97 percent surveyed agreed that Fall Clean Up helped them feel more connected to CSU students and that the program gave them a greater appreciation of students as neighbors. Ninety-nine percent agreed that without the program they would be unable to prepare their home for the fall and winter seasons. One resident shared: “I have never been so impressed. If these students are the future of America, we have great hope. Wonderful spirit of giving, and I saw some beautiful teamwork and leadership displayed. At the end they were like my daughters!”

For more information about Fall Clean Up, contact Off-Campus Life at (970) 491-2248, via email at, or visit