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Brookfield Needs Volunteers For Annual Rake 'n Bake

Handy Dandy Handyman needs volunteers for its 17th annual Community Volunteer Rake 'n Bake event, scheduled for Nov. 12.
Handy Dandy Handyman needs volunteers for its 17th annual Community Volunteer Rake 'n Bake event, scheduled for Nov. 12. Photo Credit: Handy Dandy Handyman

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Volunteers are sorely needed for Brookfield-based charity Handy Dandy Handyman’s 17th annual Community Volunteer Rake 'n Bake event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Brookfield High School's gym.

Less than two weeks remain before registration for volunteers closes on Friday, Nov. 4, at midnight.

The latest count for the event is 67 clients and 268 volunteers, according to a release from Handy Dandy Handyman.

Handy Dandy recently held a team meeting to determine all the options available in light of the lackluster volunteer turnout so far.

The following options were considered at the meeting:

  • Cancel Rake n' Bake 2016.
  • Reduce the number of clients to correspond with the number of rakers available at the close of registration.
  • Eliminate all clients while only doing the Brookfield homes depending on the count by Nov 4.
  • Take whatever large teams are available and give them two or three houses, trying to make sure they return in time for lunch, which closes at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
  • Split the large teams as they see fit to cover as many homes as possible within the timeline of returning for the lunch before 1 p.m.
  • Hire local professional lawn care companies to take on a client or two to do the homes that Handy Dandy volunteers can't accommodate.
  • Keep the 67 clients and the houses Handy Dandy is unable to do on Nov. 12 and create an interest to recruit volunteers to meet at St. Joseph Catholic Church's parking lot in Brookfield the following Saturday, Nov. 19. However, there will  be no lunch celebration on Nov. 19.

Volunteers -- large or small groups or families -- are encouraged to register as soon as possible to help Handy Dandy Handyman make the right decision.

The organization needs all the help it can get to make the Rake 'n Bake 2016 a success.

Click here to register and for full details about the event. Groups larger than 12 should email Sheila Kuhn at  teachsmk@gmail.com.

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