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A Day of Caring

By Staff | Sep 14, 2012

Kelly Cambrel

Chronicle Staff

United Way of the Eastern Panhandle held a “Day of Caring,” Tuesday, Sept. 11, with local volunteers offering help to community members in need.

Dorothy Grantham is an 80-year-old Shepherdstown resident who has been enduring flooding in her house as a result of long-needed repairs to her back door and gutters.

Living on a fixed income, Grantham, who was born and raised in Shepherdstown, sought help from Shepherdstown’s Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, who on Tuesday worked in cooperation with the United Way program to assist her and many other needy residents around the area.

Susan Kersey, an Americorps VISTA with Good Shepherd, coordinated the Day of Caring event with the United Way.

“It’s a day to make a difference in your community,” she said.

Kersey said that Grantham had actually been on the Caregivers’ list of residents in need for some time and she was glad the United Way Day of Caring, provided the local group an opportunity to assist her.

“It was great that we could help her today,” she said.

Volunteer groups worked at the Good Shepherd office itself, along with a residential property on West German St. and other locations around the county.

Grantham expressed relief that the much needed help had come for her after more than two years of problems.

“I appreciate it very much,” she said. “They are very helpful.”

The Day of Caring is an annual United Way event, in its 18th year.

Volunteers assist residents in “handy” tasks such as planting gardens, repairing gutters, constructing sheds, repairing fences or even cleaning.

This year the United Way teamed up with volunteers from Good Shepherd, the Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle, the Boys and Girls Club, Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle and other local volunteer groups and businesses.

Kersey, of Good Shepherd, said the she was glad to work together with the United Way on the project, as the pooling of volunteer efforts helps serve the most people.

Kersey said Good Shepherd has some of its own projects in the works including its “Tastes from Around the World,” fundraising event to be held at the Bavarian Inn on Oct. 3.

For more information about the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle visit www.uwayep.org/. More information on Good Shepherd Caregivers can be found at www.gsivc.org.