First Ward Honeysuckle Removal Project

First Ward Honeysuckle Removal Project

Why are we serving here?

ForColumbia’s mission — to bring Christians together to love and serve our neighbors — puts us in touch with those in Columbia we might not otherwise meet. Over the years, our goal has been to go into neighborhoods annually and look for ways to love and serve those neighbors. This year we are partnering with a First Ward Neighborhood Association to identify homeowners who would like honeysuckle, an invasive plant that’s notoriously difficult to get rid of, removed from their properties. When we give our time to others, we communicate that they are valuable.

What can I expect?

ForColumbia 2024 Volunteer T-ShirtsVolunteers at this site will be outside, working in teams to remove honeysuckle from identified homes in a multi-block area near Garth and Sexton. Volunteers will:

  • cut down the honeysuckle shrubs into manageable sizes;
  • haul the brush to the curb for removal by the Debris Team, and;
  • apply a herbicide to the cut stumps to prevent regrowth.

What should I bring?

  • Be prepared to work outside. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat.
  • Be sure to bring work gloves and, if you have them, any of the following tools:
    • Rakes
    • Pruning shears
    • Loppers
    • Chain saws
  • We also encourage volunteers at this site to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
  • Be sure to wear your #ForColumbia T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

Due to the use of herbicide and sharp garden tools, we do not encourage children to serve at this site.