Edinboro University hosts annual R.A.K.E.

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Edinboro University is once again covered in the colors of fall.
Random Acts of Kindness in EUP

The smell of autumn is in the air and leaves are falling, which means it’s also time for Edinboro University’s annual Random Acts of Kindness in Edinboro (R.A.K.E.) event, during which students rake leaves from lawns of area residences.

R.A.K.E. will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student volunteers will rake and bag fallen leaves at homes in the borough of Edinboro in two shifts, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

“Anyone can ask for the services,” said Shellie Barbich, Director of Campus Life and Leadership Development, who is coordinating the effort this year. “We give preference to the elderly and disabled in the community.”

Barbich said about 300 students typically volunteer to help borough residents take care of their homes each fall.

“It gives our students an opportunity to meet community members and vice versa. When you can relate to your neighbors, you are more likely to help them and help your community,” she said.

On the day of the event, staff members will set up a check-in station for student volunteers at the corner of Normal and Meadville streets, near the campus clock tower.

Edinboro residents are encouraged to have their name placed on the R.A.K.E. list using the sign-up form on the University website, www.edinboro.edu, keywords Community Service, or by calling 732-2768 or 732-1720.