Neighbor 2 Neighbor Effort Saturday
Civic pride has improved in Rector over the course of the past seven years. These days, more residents work hard to keep their yards mowed and the vacant lots next to them in better shape. Several vacant houses have been demolished, and owners of vacant family homes have been more attentive to their property.
Part of the change in attitude has been due of the work accomplished, and the spirit spread by, Neighbor 2 Neighbor. As part of their annual clean-up, the organization’s team leaders contact residents to obtain permission to mow, edge, weed-eat, trim shrubs and cut back overgrowth for those who can not accomplish this work themselves. Those efforts will continue this weekend, as the annual effort is held again.
Living in a small town has benefits - quality of life, peace, quiet and neighborly care and concern. “Where everybody knows your name” can be said about small towns. And, knowing neighbors’ needs is a key part of the response that comes from N2N.
But, small town life comes with an obligation for service. The City of Rector cannot do everything for residents and N2N has been there to help and show love for Rector.
Area church groups volunteer their time, youth groups from Rector School District, and several business owners can be seen in visors and work gloves, raking, mowing, operating heavy equipment, all in the name of service to Rector.
N2N serves as the organizing group providing team leaders, but the volunteers who show up on Saturday, Aug. 18 and say, “where do you need me to go? what do you need for me to do?” are the heart of the organization.
All those able are encouraged to be a part of the project, and reserve Saturday, Aug. 18, as a day to give of your time and talent to Rector. Organizers note the workers should arrive at Memorial Park by 8 a.m. with work gloves, yard implements, a willing spirit and an able body. Lunch will be provided from donations by area merchants.
Youth and teens who donate their time will also receive an extra incentive, if they help out all day. Early birds are also welcome to gather at 7 a.m., but the bulk of the work party will be gathering at 8 a.m. on that date