Approximately 200 volunteers finished 16 projects throughout the county Saturday as part of the annual Madison Day event.
Madison Day was developed in 2019 by Karen Coppage. After volunteering in a similar event in Culpeper, Coppage began working with a small group to plan the first Madison Day, which resulted in more than 200 volunteers completing 19 projects throughout the county. The event was expected to continue last year, but was ultimately cancelled due to COVID-19. This year’s event, held Saturday, focused on 16 projects including yard work at private homes and local nonprofit organizations, deck and porch repairs, window replacements and more.
Madison Learning Center Board Chair Frances Lacy said the work done during Saturday’s volunteer event was very appreciated. Madison Day volunteers performed yard work at the center, rebuilt a roof to create outdoor shade for the children and painted lines in the parking lot.
“I can’t express how much this means to us,” Lacy said. “This makes my heart so happy. It recognizes us as part of the community. The center reflects Madison. Most of the students are from here.”
Lacy said Madison Day symbolizes the epitome of what Madison County is all about and why it’s a wonderful community.
At Hoover Ridge, volunteers mulched trails in Camp Crockett, picked up leaves and did work on one of the sheds.
“Without these volunteers, we would not have all these trails mulched,” Madison Parks and Recreation Coordinator Lindsay Von Herbulis. “This is also a great way for people to see what we have to offer and make it beautiful and accessible.”
Coppage said Saturday’s event went extremely well. She said volunteers were able to accomplish all of the projects and those property owners on the list were very happy.
Volunteers assigned to the feeding team sent breakfast to each job site via food runners Saturday morning. Then the team, along with the Wolftown Ruritan Club, made and sent lunch to the job sites. Those on the material running team delivered needed materials to job sites throughout the day. Coppage said volunteers enjoyed spending time with the homeowners at the job sites, working on the homes and being able to gather with fellow volunteers.
“I’ve also heard from a few homeowners who were extremely happy with the work that was done on their homes, praising God as they were excitedly telling me about the day,” she said.
Coppage said one homeowner was baking a cake for the volunteers who would be working on her home.
“We often think about the work to be done on the homes to make them more livable and not as much about the homeowner and how very happy we are making them,” Coppage said. “They are excited about the work, but also about spending time with the volunteers. When I showed up at one job site Saturday, the homeowner was working right along with the yard crew.
“None of this could have happened without the support of so many individuals and businesses that made donations—monetary and in-kind,” Coppage added. “We are more than thankful for everyone who helped to make Madison Day the success that it was. The support of Madison County for Madison Day is definitely a blessing.”
Plans are already in the works for next year, with Madison Day 2022 scheduled for Saturday, May 7.