Church Grounds Volunteers Stepping Up–But Still Room for More

A big THANK YOU to volunteers who have stepped up since we put out the call for church grounds volunteers!
Rich and Jody Anderson, Polk County Water Quality Monitor volunteers, have been monitoring our creek water for awhile, and have volunteered to help monitor the Pollinator Garden. This is a photo Rich took of the woodchuck family of three hanging out at their den on our creek. We are going to receive some pollinator plant plugs soon and volunteers will help plant, water and mulch the new and old plants to bring the Pollinator Garden up to snuff.
Ann Mowery and Al Powers have been walking the perimeter of the grounds to pick up trash, and Bruce and Barb Martin have volunteered to patrol the woods trails for litter. Thanks!
Sue Huber and Amanda and Alan Kruse have worked hard on the Peace Pole Garden, weeding and mulching it into shape! This is a photo of their accomplishments. It was totally overgrown and hard work, so a big thank you to those three!
Chuck Mertes chopped and removed a big tree limb blocking the trail to the creek on the east side. Thanks, Chuck!
Sean Morrow has volunteered to help with weeding and other tasks this summer. Thanks, Sean!
There are more people in the pipeline willing to help as soon as the poison ivy is controlled in the work areas. And of course there is always room for more. All work is done outdoors with social distancing protocols, and on an individual or small group basis.
There are still several planted areas that could use some weeding throughout the season on a regular basis. There are big projects like finishing the retaining wall on the west side entrance, and small projects like sweeping out the garden shed and the back staircase area and the walkways around the building. We need help keeping the weeds and mud runoff off on the patio. And there are always tasks that pop up throughout the season.
If you have any time to volunteer on the grounds, please contact Diane Ford, grounds@ucdsm.org.