Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom — the unofficial post office motto is something Summit County volunteers will take to heart this weekend, whether or not the weather cooperates.
The 15th annual Summit County Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 5. More than 400 volunteers are expected to work on 25 community projects throughout the day to benefit local nonprofits, schools and organizations. The event also functions as an annual food drive, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to a food bank in Summit County.
The Friends of Breckenridge Trails is looking for volunteers to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to build a new bridge. Interested volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. behind town hall, 150 Ski Hill Road.
Tony Overlock, lead trails technician, said he is hoping for good weather Saturday in order to complete the project.
“We’ve changed what we’re doing three times already,” he said. “The trails are just starting to dry out so we’re hoping for the best.”
If the weather cooperates, he said, the plan is to work on the Upper Flume trail constructing a new bridge. The current one is an old log structure and volunteers will be taking it out and putting in a new one.
“[The old bridge] is slippery and dangerous,” Overlock said. “It’ll be exciting to have volunteers doing that kind of construction.”
In the event of bad weather, volunteers will help stain and cut new signposts and do tool maintenance.
Jordan Schultz of Summit County government helps organize Make a Difference Day and she said it’s important people know the projects are still happening — even with work in national forest land on hold due to the federal government shutdown.
“No matter what — rain or shine or snow or government shutdown, we will have the event,” she said. “So hopefully everyone will still come out.”
The Friends of Breckenridge Trails has been part of Make a Difference Day from the beginning, Overlock said.
“It’s a great way to get other people who might not always help with trail work come out and get involved in something they might not have known about,” he said.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Participants should bring gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, sturdy footwear and a water bottle.
“This is a great community,” Overlock said. “To be part of something bigger than just a solo project is exciting.”
Individuals interested in volunteering on other projects should meet at the Summit Stage Bus Barn, located near the County Commons in Frisco, by 8 a.m. Saturday. Visit www.summitcares.org for more information and to fill out a volunteer waiver form.