Volunteers from Ark Valley Helping Hands spruced up about 20 homes belonging to seniors Saturday in Salida.

Between 30 and 35 volunteers did a collection of odd jobs for elders as part of the organization’s Senior Saturday.

Jobs included laying tile, washing windows, mowing, trimming trees, weeding, cleaning gutters, dusting and flipping mattresses.

Mark and Betsy DeHaven worked at the home of Xaver and Nancy Wuerfmannsdobler. Mark said the work days are a great idea.

“I hope to use it someday,” he said.

He said the program allows seniors to stay in their own homes, and that’s a big deal.

Art Post had a contingent of three helpers in Chuck and Denise Washer and Ken Brandon, who swept the porch, washed windows, weeded the flowerbeds and trimmed the vines on the side of the house.

Post said it was really wonderful that people would take the time to do this.

“They’re good people,” Post said.

Sara Ward, Ark Valley Helping Hands coordinator, said there will be another Senior Saturday in October to help elders get their homes ready for winter.

Ward said the group will benefit from Craft for a Cause June 19 at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. 50, when 20 percent of beer sales from 5-9 p.m. will be donated to the organization.

A summer social event for the group is in the planning stages and will be announced later in the summer, Ward said.

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