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The student-run community service organization BIRD (Building, Inspiring, Recreating and Discovering) is returning to Culver this summer thanks to the efforts of its creator, Andrea Canacci, of Culver, along with co-organizers John Ahlenius and Lindsay Van Horn, both Culver Comm. High School graduates.
Canacci spoke to members of Culver's Kiwanis Club recently to about the project, which will culminate in a one-day community service event August 3, which "will spread volunteers throughout homes of elderly, disabled and financially unstable to provide DIY and at home services to those who cannot do, or afford it, themselves."
The purpose of BIRD, which began as a senior service project a few years ago during Canacci's tenure as a student at Culver Academies, is to "create friendship and trust within the Culver community through acts of fellowship and service to our neighbors. Everyone at some point needs a helping hand; while filling out this application the services of volunteers can include cleaning, painting, landscaping, visiting elderly, and anything else of this nature."
In the past, BIRD has combined the efforts of students at both Culver Community High School and Culver Academies to spend a day in community service followed by an evening of food and fellowship in the town park and Canacci, now a student at St. Mary's College in South Bend, says that formula will be repeated this summer.
Applications for those wishing service may be found at Culver's town hall and public library or they may call Canacci at 216-280-5065. Residents are asked to request help by July 27 so volunteers can acquire necessary supplies.
Work may include yard work, cleaning, window washing, cleaning gutters, and small carpentry tasks. Applicants are encouraged to help with supplies for larger tasks, while volunteers will provide all labor free of charge.Volunteers may sign up as far as the day of the event at the same number.View more articles in: