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Day of Caring set

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

With the United Way Day of Caring in the Eastern Panhandle quickly approaching, organizers are encouraging local businesses and residents to show they care about their community by donating their time on this day of service.

This year’s Day of Caring will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15. For more than a decade, the United Way Day of Caring has provided opportunities for the Eastern Panhandle community to participate in projects that benefit local nonprofit organizations and their clients.

“We are excited about the opportunity to rally more than 1,000 volunteers to help with projects for our non-profit agencies in the three-county area,” said event chair Joanne Wadsworth. “Projects range from painting and cleaning to building wheelchair ramps.”

The Day of Caring official kick off will be held at 7:30 a.m. at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg, with breakfast provided by WVU Hospitals-East. Following breakfast, volunteers will report to their respective project sites to perform a variety of community service activities. Volunteers will then celebrate their day of service at a dinner sponsored by the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown from 4:30 6 p.m.

Again this year, the Mega Food Drive is being held in conjunction with the Day of Caring. The public can help stock local food pantry shelves by dropping off nonperishable food items at any Eastern Panhandle bank or at other participating businesses and organizations including all offices of Jones Insurance Agency. Day of Caring volunteers are also asked to participate in the Mega Food Drive by bringing food donations to the kick-off breakfast.

“The Day of Caring is a great way for hundreds of volunteers to see first-hand the needs in our community and experience the satisfaction that comes with making a difference,” said United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Director of Community Impact, Trina Bartlett. “We’re always amazed at the work that gets done on this one day when our community unites to assist our local non-profits,” she added.

People and groups interested in volunteering should contact the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle at (304) 263-0603 Ext. 224 or visit the web site at www.uwayep.org.