Rake Up Boise™

Also serving Eagle, Garden City & Meridian

Save The Date

Thanks for another great year! The 37th Annual Rake Up Boise™ 2022 will be November 12. Registration will open August 2022.

Volunteer To Help

Form a team to rake neighbors' yards, serve your community, and have fun! You can create your own team of 5-20 people or we can help find a team for you.

Make A Donation

These proceeds will go toward buying leaf bags and supplies for this year's Rake Up Boise™ and you will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes!

Rake My Yard

Must be over 65 or disabled and unable to maintain your yard due to physical or financial constraints.

For more info, call  208-258-6222 or email rakeupboise@nwboise.org

Leaf Bags FIlled
Yards Raked

Become a Sponsor

Choose from multiple sponsorship levels for the best fit.

“Dear RUB, Your service has been invaluable for us. We are a retired couple on one acre (lots of trees). We are without local family help and RUB has been wonderful. Last year's group was an architectural firm with students who were delightful. Together we got up 50 bags. It was such fun, too!”

Bill and Andrea Sawyer

“Rake Up Boise™ is an event I look forward to every year. Not only does this event impact the folks who he help, but it personally impacted me. It created a bond between myself any my colleagues...Being a part of this as a volunteer showed me how easy it is to give back to others. I never thought that spending a few hours raking up leaves would bring so much joy to others in the community.”

-Michelle, Rake Up Boise™ volunteer and committee member

"Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers that came out to my home today and raked all those pesky leaves!

You have no idea how very much I appreciate you all, and the effort you put in helping us, the seniors, in our community. I love Boise and its community, always helping and reaching out when help is needed."

- Victoria 2021 Rake Up Boise™ Recipient 

"Had a great day with our office giving back to the community today! Rake Up Boise™ is an amazing way to give back and we were able to help three different families today!"

2021 Rake Up Boise­™ volunteer

"Rake Up Boise™ is not only beneficial for the recipient, but also for the business that puts together a team. If you want culture in your office, put a bunch of employees in a yard of leaves and watch the teamwork, love, and happiness soar."

2021 Rake Up Boise Volunteer

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FAQ's for Teams

What supplies does Rake Up Boise™ provide for the teams?

We provide leaf bags. Teams will need to bring their own rakes, gloves, etc.

Why is there a $25 registration fee? How can I donate more?

Coordinating such a large-scale event requires administration and marketing fees. Thank you for supporting this work. You can donate more if you’d like! And if your business is interesting in Sponsoring, please click the Sponsor button for more information.

What time is Rake Up Boise™?

There is no set time to begin raking. It is the team captain's responsibility to set the time of raking and notify the resident. Most teams rake in the morning.

When will the teams receive their assigned houses?

We will notify you approximately two weeks in advance via email. After you receive your assignment(s), please contact your homeowner(s) and arrange a time you will be raking.

Can teams rake on a different day?

Yes! Although we encourage you to rake on November 13, you make rake the week before or after. All yards must be complete by the end of November. Please put the date you will rake on your team application. You will also need to let the resident know what day you'll be raking.

What should we do if we run out of bags?

We will give you a number to text if you need more bags and a runner will drop some off to you as soon as possible.

What should we do with the leftover bags?

Please return all unused bags to NeighborWorks® Boise office: 3380 W Americana Terrance, Suite 120 by the end of November.

What if the yard has dog/cat waste in it?

You are not obligated to rake if there is animal waste in the yard. Please let us know if that is the case and we will inform the homeowner why their yard wasn’t raked.

What do we do if it snows on or before Rake Up Boise™ day?

We ask that all teams reschedule with their homeowner and get the raking done as soon as possible. If you absolutely cannot reschedule, please contact Rake Up Boise™ staff to reassign the yard. Please also watch for emails from Rake Up Boise™ staff with instructions if the weather becomes an issue.

FAQ's for Residents

Who qualifies to have their yard raked?

Recipients must be 65 years or older or disabled and live in Boise, Garden City, Eagle, or Meridian.

Note: If you live in Meridian, please contact Rake Up Meridian at (208) 685-7748 or kmcdannel@republicservices.com

How do I apply to have my yard raked?

Applications are online or call 208-258-6222 to have an application mailed to you.

My yard was raked last year. Do I need to send in another application?

Yes, please send in an application this year. You must apply every year to have your yard raked.

When will I know that my house has been chosen to be raked?

Unless you hear from us, you can assume your application has been chosen. You will be notified by the team captain within one week of raking about when they will come to rake.

Will I need to be home when the volunteers come to rake my yard?

No, you don't have to be home. Let your team know that you won't be home, confine your animal and keep the gate unlocked so they can rake.

I have a dog/cat, what should I do with it during Rake Up Boise™?

Please confine your animal during the time that the volunteers are at your home. Also, make sure all animal droppings are picked up. If there is animal waste in the yard, the volunteers will not rake your yard.

What if the volunteers come before all my leaves fall?

The teams are only responsible to rake your leaves once. However, talk to the team captain to see if they will go back to your home to help rake your leaves a second time.

Can teams rake on a different day?

We encourage teams to rake on November 13. If teams need to, they can rake on a different day and will let you know. Some need to rake during the week to accommodate their schedules.