Hudson -- Residents looking for activities to get the whole family out of the house, spruce up the community and spread a few smiles, are invited to the May 3 community service day.
The service day, from 10 a.m. from 1 p.m., is sponsored by the Hudson High School Community First youth board and Friends of the Park and made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Hudson Kiwanis.
"This is the first community-wide service day planned by the Hudson High School Community First youth board," according to Laura Gasbarro, co-director of Hudson Community First. "If it is successful, it will be an annual project."
Gasbarro and co-director Cheryl Rauch began formulating the idea for a service project after a meeting with the Parent Teacher Organization two years ago, according to Gasbarro.
"One of the mothers suggested that there were no volunteer opportunities for younger children and families," Gasbarro said. "Most things were geared to teens and older."
The directors partnered with the Kiwanis Club and will provide a service day T-shirt for volunteering, while supplies last.
As of April 25, more than 200 people had singed up to volunteer, Gasbarro said.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Five parks will be cleaned and weeded, and flowers will be planted at Veterans Way Park.
"The parks do this every year around Earth Day and will be supplying all the tools and instruction needed to do the job properly," Gasbarro added.
Volunteers will also pass out flowers at Hudson Elms and Laurel Lake's Crown Center and work on project at the Haven of Rest creating cards for hospitalized children. While at Veterans Way Park, volunteers will create a card center and supply all items
"I think it's wonderful that people in the Hudson community are thinking of their neighbors at Laurel Lake," said Kathy Marged, activities coordinator for The Crown Center, a skilled nursing and rehab center which serves residents of Laurel Lake Retirement Community and the greater Hudson area. "We know that our residents will appreciate the individualized attention from Community First service day volunteers."
There will also be a drop-off station for Clothing Crusade and Pawsibilities, Gasbarro said.
"Clothing Crusade is a nonprofit that collects gently used clothing and redistributes it to needy families in the community and beyond," according to Gasbarro. "And Pawsibilities is asking for pet-related items."
Anyone in Hudson can contribute to the collection efforts by dropping off items at Veterans Way Park.
The day will conclude with a Friends of the Park cookout for those who signed up to volunteer.
To sign up visit www.hudsoncommunityfirst.com and look for the breaking news tab at the bottom of the page.
For more information call Cheryl Rauch at 330-310-4123.