Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand

Volunteers from across Dane County made their way to Pleasant Springs Town Hall Thursday to offer their help in cleaning up.

Officials bussed nearly 200 volunteers to various sites affected by the tornado.

While some took the day off work and others are only days away from another school year, all said their time was well spent.

"Another senior and I, we just thought it would be a good idea and so we had a sign up sheet and everybody signed up," says La Follette High School senior and football captain Erik Severson.

Severson says when he made the sheet he was hoping for a few volunteers but was surprised to see almost the whole team offer to pitch in.

"We wanted to build a lot of team unity today, and I thought it was just a really nice thing to do and a lot of people can help out a lot," says Severson.

His teammate and fellow captain Chris Anicete adds, "[We wanted to]just help out the community; we felt bad for Stoughton you know."

"They're cleaning the fields of furniture, cushions, tin, shingles, boards, and moving it out into a central location," explain Herm Tiedeman.

He lost 8 farm buildings and acres of farmland. But Thursday he had more than 100 volunteers lending a hand.

"The sheer number of them is surprising," responds Pleasant Springs Town Chairman, Ken Schuck.

Volunteers packed into a grassy parking lot, grabbed some gear, and most headed to comb through farmers' fields collecting debris.

"The farm fields have only been gone through about once or twice but as you go by you can continue to see debris there," says Schuck, "Today, tomorrow, and Saturday we hope to have people out and make another pass because every day they find more stuff."

But the generosity of this one day is graciously received.

"This was a team decision, it wasn't a coaches decision to come out here," says Tiedeman as he pauses to take it in and then adds with a smile, "So what can you say?"

If you want to volunteer, just head to the Pleasant Springs Town Hall and they'll bus you to an area in need.

If you would like a crew of volunteers, call the town hall and give them your address.

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