United Way Day of Caring Sept. 26

Published 7:26 am Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The United Way’s fourth annual Day of Caring is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26. According to a statement by the organization, United Way’s Day of Caring is one day to help one another.

This year’s Day of Caring is dedicated in memory of Loren Peters. He was to be this year’s Day of Caring chair before he passed away in a car accident this past spring.

“I am honored United Way is planning this year’s event in memory of Loren, said Tonia Peters, Loren’s wife. “Day of Caring truly reflects how Loren lived his life by helping others. He was looking forward to this year’s event and would be happy to know people are volunteering to be a part of it.”

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United Way works closely with the Mower County Senior Center CHORE program, area non-profit agencies and the Austin Park and Recreation Department to coordinate projects. Most projects are for our area senior citizens, helping them stay independent and living in their own homes.

Most projects last two to four hours. Day of Caring begins at 8 a .m., with a kick off breakfast at AHS Cafeteria. From there teams are sent to work on their projects. In addition to the breakfast. All team members receive a “Live United” T-shirt and box lunch.

“Moving Day of Caring to the fall makes sense for a variety of reasons,” said Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, executive director. “Seniors typically need more help in the fall to prepare for winter and with Community Pride Day falling on the last Saturday in April United Way felt that it would be a benefit to the community if there was more time in-between the two events. Projects include everything from window-washing to fence repair as well as green space cleanup. It is truly a community event giving the opportunity for everyone to be involved.”

Any community member or non profit agencies who need assistance with projects are urged to call United Way at 437-2313.

To find out more about Day of Caring and to download registration or project request forms visit www.uwmower.org. You can also call the United Way office at 437-2313 with any questions.