Jeff Fox of Golden believes that a little sacrifice of time to help out some neighbors provides a significantly big reward. “It’s amazing when you serve, that you end up finding yourself just as …
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Jeff Fox of Golden believes that a little sacrifice of time to help out some neighbors provides a significantly big reward.
“It’s amazing when you serve, that you end up finding yourself just as encouraged as the one you’re serving,” Fox said.
Fox has volunteered at the Neighborhood Rehab Project’s annual Be-A-Tool Day of Service just about since its beginning in Golden nine years ago. Since then, the program has expanded to Arvada, Englewood and Idaho Springs. All four communities will mark the annual Day of Service on Sept. 7.
“I love it for several reasons,” Fox said. These include relationship building, working as a team, serving those in need and getting to make a difference in the community. “I especially enjoy working alongside the homeowners.”
During the Be-A-Tool Day of Service, hundreds of volunteers will help community members with various household projects including yardwork, deck/porch repair, ADA accessibility and some indoor tasks.
Volunteer sign ups open on July 28.
The ultimate goal is to keep people warm, dry and safe, said Brett Vernon, who has participated in Arvada’s Be-A-Tool Day of Service for the past five years.
“It’s a chance to serve the people in my community who need a little help,” Vernon said. “They don’t need charity — just a little help, and we all need a little help sometimes.”
Ryan Bramlett has been involved with Englewood’s Be-A-Tool Day of Service since it was implemented there in 2016.
“I think it’s great when you can connect people (homeowners) with others who have lived in the community for decades, but have never met,” Bramlett said. “They’ve given so much through the years, and you can just see how grateful the homeowners are.”
The Be-A-Tool Day of Service is not a large organization coming in, and then leaving town once the project is completed, said Joe Anderson, who has also been involved with Englewood’s Be-A-Tool Day of Service since the beginning.
“It’s the joy of neighbors getting together,” Anderson said. “People enjoy coming together and helping. And being a part of a community that really cares.”
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