Volunteers, tools sought for ‘Build Week’

Krystle Wagner • Sep 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

In a little more than a month, hundreds of volunteers will create the new play space at Mulligan’s Hollow.

The Reimagine Project committee is looking for volunteers to fill shifts during “Build Week,” Oct. 9-14. More than 1,500 volunteers are needed to help fill the 3,000 morning, afternoon and evening shifts.

To register to volunteer, visit www.gh-reimagine.org/volunteers.

While volunteers with building experience are needed, it isn’t a requirement. Volunteer Co-Chairman Scott Rant said the volunteers will be placed into groups and receive detailed instructions.

Children ages 10 and older can also participate in “Build Week.” Ages 10-13 will work within arms’ reach of their parents. Ages 14-17 can work on crews without their parents, but they aren’t permitted to use power tools.

“It’s really for everyone,” Rant said of “Build Week” volunteering.

Offsite day care is available for most of the day shifts. Volunteers can note they will need child care when they register.

The Greater Ottawa County United Way is partnering to help secure volunteers. Shannon LaHaie, vice president of volunteer engagement for the local United Way, said they’re mostly seeing a need for weekend and evening shifts.

Volunteers will receive instructions, training and food during their shift, LaHaie said.

Local businesses and teams have shown their support and have groups planning to volunteer. Rant said they’re working to let individuals and families know there are still opportunities to volunteer and be involved.

The Reimagine Project committee is also looking for tool donations such as ladders, tarps, saws, rakes, wheelbarrows and extension cords. A complete list and a registration form can be found online at www.gh-reimagine.org/volunteers.

Although the project is expected to be wrapped up at the end of “Build Week,” Rant said it will be a few days longer than that before the structure is open to the community because the rubberized material will need to be poured.

Last fall, more than 100 West Michigan children designed the new play space. The Reimagine Project reached its fundraising goal of $500,000 this past summer.

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