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Iowa City hosts events next three Sundays


IOWA CITY — The value of a volunteer’s time in Iowa is about $22 per hour, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s online database.

So when a couple dozen volunteers showed up to clear invasive species from the Iowa River Trail for three hours Sunday, the work was very valuable to Iowa City.

Carol Sweeting, the city’s public works information coordinator, said the volunteers helped with work city staff wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to.

The event was the first of four clean up projects the city’s stormwater department has planned this month as part of its volunteer program. City officials are asking for help doing the same work on the trail the next three Sundays.

“(Volunteers) get to get out on a great Sunday afternoon,” Sweeting said. “There’s plenty of room. This is family friendly. We can find a job for anyone.”

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Those who want to help from noon to 3 p.m. any of the next three Sundays can sign up on theCity of Iowa City Stormwater Volunteer Facebook page. Volunteers should meet just before noon in the Streets Division Parking lot at 3800 Napoleon Lane.

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and sleeves. Drinking water, tools and gloves are provided by the city.

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