Volunteers will show they care throughout Anson County by raking leaves and washing windows during the ninth annual Day of Caring being held Oct. 5.
The Day of Caring is a community-wide service project that serves as the official kickoff to the Anson County United Way campaign. “Last year’s Day of Caring was comprised of 250 volunteers making up 25 teams taking on 55 project sites,” said Ashley Rivers, Day of Caring chair. “We are hoping to top the number of teams and projects this year.”
Typical chores include cutting grass, pruning shrubs, trash pickup, window washing, and cleaning gutters at the homes of elderly and disabled citizens. Other projects include sprucing up non-profit agencies and organizations. Volunteer teams can consist of two to 10 people and must pre-register so they can be given an assignment.
“The Day of Caring has such a positive impact on the people of Anson County” said community volunteer Larry Adams. “On this day, the elderly and disabled feel special and important. It brings a smile to their faces when their homes and yards receive special attention.”
Day of Caring volunteers will gather for the 7:30 a.m. kickoff and a continental breakfast at the Wadesboro Town Square. Teams from a variety of businesses, churches and civic organizations will scatter across the county to predetermined sites. First Baptist Church of Wadesboro has partnered with United Way to complete community service projects as well as serve lunch to volunteers.
Anson County raised $87,400 through United Way of the Central Carolinas last year. All of the money raised stays in Anson County to help fund programs such as diabetes education with Anson Community Hospital, literacy efforts through the Anson County Partnership for Children, and the support of domestic violence victims through the Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition.
In conjunction with United Way’s Day of Caring, canned goods are being collected for families in need. Canned goods will be distributed by Anson Crisis Ministry. Donations can be dropped off at the Grace Senior Center located on N.C. 742 South, the week prior to the event. There will also be collection barrels on the Square at the Kickoff on Oct. 5. Last year, over 840 pounds of canned goods were collected.
If you would like to register to volunteer or request help from volunteers, call Ashley Rivers at 704-848-4121 or Cindy Taylor-Kupfer at 704-694-2600. Team and Project Site Applications are available through the Anson County Chamber of Commerce and town of Wadesboro websites: http://www.ansoncounty.org/ and http://www.cityofwadesboro.org/. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 13.