Granby Volunteer Group spruces up town, inspires trend

Granby Volunteer Group spruces up town, inspires trend
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The oldest mining town in Southwest Missouri kicks off its annual festival, but this year a new group is making a colorful splash that’s spreading around town.

The City of Granby, Missouri is rich with mining history and even in 2019, you can find some modern-day excavators, digging up ways to make the town a better place.

“Doing mowing, trash haul off, trimming trees, bushes. We’ve expanded through the year to include some city service,” explained Reggie Bard, founder of the Granby Volunteer Group.

These volunteers began their cleanup efforts about a year ago when they first saw a need in the community.

“There’s a lot of folks out there that are older. They can no longer push a mower across their yard. They’re disabled. They don’t have they money to hire someone to come in and mow. They’re medically ill, or someone in their family is sick, and they don’t have the time,” said Bard.

In addition to mowing lawns, the volunteers have adopted a highway and inspired a movement: more people taking pride in the city and looking for creative ways to perk up the town, like planters, adopted out for judging at the festival.

“I would encourage other cities to seek out a volunteer group. We’ve just really benefited from them and our citizens have,” said Lawna Price, Granby City Clerk.

Bard’s hard work is paying off with the help of other volunteers, making a difference the community is noticing.

“All they do is look for work. They don’t get paid for it…they’re donating their time, beautifying the City of Granby and we’re proud of them,” said Pat Kelly, a Granby resident.

Bard is proud of her town, digging deep to come together.

“It’s amazing. I never thought something I would do in this world would make such an impact to a community.”

The Granby Volunteer Group operates solely on donations.

If you’d like to donate or learn how you can get involved in future cleanup efforts, you can check out their Facebook page or call 417-434-8115.

The Old Mining Town Days celebration will resume Sunday at 1 p.m. with a softball game, followed by a baseball game at 2 p.m. at the Granby Sports Park. The carnvial begins at 6 p.m. Music will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dick Smith Park where fireworks will cap off the night at 9:15 p.m.

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