Students rake in local neighborhoods to raise funds for Habitat

Second annual rake-a-thon benefits Xavier chapter of Habitat for Humanity | October 13, 2005

Fall colors are beautiful, but when leaves start to fall, it means a lot of raking and yard work. To help clean up the foliage, members of the Xavier chapter of Habitat for Humanity are conducting its second annual rake-a-thon on Nov. 5, 12 and 19.

For a suggested donation of $15 per hour per person, a four-person team shows up at your lawn on the scheduled date and rakes away. Students are available to rake lawns in the neighborhoods surrounding Xavier and those nearby, which include Hyde Park, Oakley, Evanston, Norwood, O’Byronville, North Avondale and more.

All the proceeds go toward Xavier’s sixth Habitat house, which is being built in conjunction with Millcreek Habitat for Humanity.

Earlier this month, Xavier Habitat dedicated the first house fully-funded by Xavier’s Habitat for Humanity since the 1998-1999 school year. An estimated 350 volunteers worked on the house that is now home to Katrina Jefferies and her five-year-old son, Blake. Blake is confined to a wheelchair so the house was designed with that in mind.

If you are interested in having your yard raked, please call 513 924-8489 or send an e-mail to When making the request, please include the top three choices of days desired.