More than 260 students will help local elderly and disabled residents clear their yards this Saturday, Nov. 15, as part of the annual Shake-A-Rake program. The turnout is expected to be the largest in the program’s history.
The students – representing 20 athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, and clubs –will volunteer at 31 houses, one garden, and two community centers in the neighborhoods surrounding Hofstra, said Anita Ellis, director of the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services, which sponsors the program.
Students will also assist classmates from Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement in planting about 550 tulip bulbs donated by the University along nearby Front Street and Uniondale Avenue. They will be joined by community members from the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition and Nostrand Gardens Civic Association.
Last year, about 180 students participated at 19 homes. The program began about five years ago with 50 students volunteering at six houses.