It may be hot today, but winter will be here soon enough and many low-income seniors and persons with disabilities will not have the resources to heat their homes. This is why Gold Country Community Services is holding its first ever Firewood Relay.
Gold Country Community Services has offered a volunteer-operated Senior Firewood Program in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area since 1982. Annually, the program has served approximately 100 households. However, in 2011, Gold Country Community Services received more than 200 applications from low-income seniors and disabled persons who needed assistance heating their homes.
In an effort to serve more people, Gold Country Community Services conducted a Firewood Drive last spring. To encourage participation in the event, Gold Country Community Services offered a case of bar oil to the tree service that brought in the most wood.
The top prize was awarded to Tim Murphy, owner of Tim the Tree Man - Tree Service.
"Thanks to Tim and his colleagues in the tree service business, we'll be able to help more people stay warm," said Sandy Jacobson, executive director of Gold Country Community Services.
To ensure the wood is ready for this winter, Jacobson is putting out a request to all clubs, organizations, and able bodied individuals to participate in a firewood relay. This event will be conducted on two consecutive weekends; 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday and Aug. 25 at the former Hills Flat Lumber Yard.
The relay format will allow teams of 4 to 8 people to compete for a special prize and the Paul Bunyan Award.
Invitations are currently in the mail, but Jacobson wants people to know they can call (530) 273-4961 to sign up or learn more.