Dozens of community groups have begun arranging tasks for the county's Community Service Day Saturday.
Members of the Franklin Manor Community Association, who have have been assisting an elderly neighbor in Churchton since he broke a hip about 6 months ago, will paint the man's back porch and make outdoor house repairs, said Ben Mercer, who is coordinating the project.
And others in Churchton will clean up nearby parks.
"It's a good way for people to get out and help groups in need. It's a good way for people to help people," said Ruthanne Gary, director of constituent and community services for Anne Arundel County.
This is the sixth time the county has arranged a community service day aimed at getting people to help others.
So far, 43 organizations have registered their projects with the county, Mrs. Gary said. Last year, 71 organizations with 7,594 volunteers participated. Forms were due back at the county Sept. 28, but Mrs. Gary said she is receiving more each day from religious groups, businesses and volunteer organizations.
She is suggesting that people consider community beautification, clothing drives, nursing home visits and the like.
Other projects in the works around the county include tree plantings, stocking food banks, setting up mitten trees and end-of-season beach cleanups, Mrs. Gary said.
Children at Shady Side Elementary School are collecting new books through next Tuesday to donate to the pediatrics unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
Already, the volunteers from Franklin Manor have fixed a downspout, cleaned out the gutters and cut the lawn for their neighbor, Mr. Mercer said.
"We help each other out," he added.
The elderly man kept his property impeccable until illness kept him from many of the chores, he said.
To receive a form or discuss a project, call Mrs. Gary at 222-1821.