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Helping VDOT mow the grass by volunteering

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - If you have some free time on your hands, VDOT wouldn't mind if you volunteered with them, to cut some of the grass throughout the state.

"It's just all over the place. Some are neat and clean. Some are just way over grown," says Chesterfield's Robert Daffron. 

Now people like Robert are ready to trim down the grass, with the help of VDOT, and he isn't the only one. VDOT says several people and businesses are already willing to help the cash-strapped department.

Major budget cuts are cutting down on the mowing, so now VDOT is not asking, but certainly wouldn't mind, if you helped them out.

"Let's say you drive by this area everyday and say it's too much! okay, we are going to give you an opportunity to pitch in," says Taya Jarman with VDOT. 

But you need to get permission from VDOT first. Once you find a spot you think needs some tending to, call up VDOT, apply for the permit to mow, get some safety gear and get going.

"It's for the betterment of the overall appearance of the society. If the areas look good for us, they look good for you," says Robert. 

But not everyone is on board, with the hard labor that is. "If you don't pay, no play!" says Bill Morrison.

"No, I can't cut your grass! It's hard enough for me to cut my own. I wish I could, but my body won't let me," says Hugh Roach. 

But Hugh does think the idea is a pretty good one.

If you do volunteer, you would only be responsible for a two-mile stretch of the road and the payout could be well worth it, for you, and your neighborhood, depending on the way you look at it.

Of course, some areas are off limits because of safety concerns. The best bet, is to go to this web site and call VDOT to find out if you would be able to help.

Web site: http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/volunteer_mowing.asp

VDOT adds, they will get to the mowing throughout the state eventually, but it may not be as fast or the same amount of times, as they did when there was not a budget problem.

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