Last year, over 1,500 volunteers participated in 137 projects. The projects range from simple yard work, painting, to new roofs and minor construction. The Day of Caring strives to serve elderly, lower income families or persons with physical limitations. This year, however, event organizers wanted to expand their focus to a special group: military veterans.
Though they have received assistance in the past, this year it is the goal to “give back” to as many veterans or their spouses in the targeted communities as possible. Richard Alexander of Pierceton, a 2009 Day of Caring recipient and Korean War Army veteran, said, “I was thrilled that so many people were willing to give of their time and that my heart goes out to the United Way for looking out for people in the community who need extra help.”
Mr. Alexander also said that many years ago he used to do something similar with his business but “… you never think you are going to be the one needing help some day.” He was thrilled to see Grace College students involved and learning the importance of giving back. He thought Day of Caring volunteers did a super job.
Day of Caring will be held this year on Aug. 15. Volunteers will be working in the areas of Burket, Mentone, Etna Green, Leesburg, Milford, Warsaw Central and Warsaw West. To become a volunteer, contact The United Way.