United Way to host Day of Caring Sept. 10

First Posted: 8/22/2013

On Sept. 10 United Way will be hosting its kick off breakfast at 7:30 a.m. for the 2013-2014 campaign year in the Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College in Hamlet. It will also be the start of the sixth annual Day of Caring.

At the breakfast, three agencies will talk to the audience about what their program is all about and how the funding from United Way has impacted their agency.

During the breakfast, there will be an avenue of agencies that will have a booth set up and will inform attendees about the agency.

After the breakfast, the annual Day of Caring will begin. The Day of Caring entails at least 100 individuals from the community going to a designated location and working on a projects.

“A Day of Caring is a fun day for people to step outside of their work environment and give back to the community and help others,” said Michelle Parrish, Executive Director of United Way of Richmond County.

United Way of Richmond County was founded in 1966 and its mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. The vision of the nonprofit is to engage all citizens to work together to build a healthy, safe, caring and stronger community.

The nonprofit raises money to help support program work agencies withing their partnering. Last year the nonprofit’s goal was to raise $250,000, but ended up surpassing the goal and raised a little over $263,000.

“All the monies that are raised in Richmond County through work place campaign(s), individual giving, church groups or civic groups stay in our community unless designated outside our county,” said Parrish. “Last year 98.7 percent stayed in Richmond County and our partnering agencies assisted 17,215 individuals, assisting them over 77,261 times in 2012 and the first half of 2013 they assisted over 5,000 individuals, assisting them 59,520 times. The United Way of Richmond County partners with 16 agency programs that serve Richmond County residents to address the needs of our community,” she said.

Parrish welcomes anyone to come out and take part in the Day of Caring.

“Since our Day of Caring started six years ago our volunteer base has really grown and we are very grateful for the community support and look forward to another great year,” she said.

Parrish would like to give a special thanks to Rockingham Rotary for sponsoring Day of Caring T-Shirts.

If you would like to volunteer to participate or know more about the Day of Caring contact Parrish at 910-206-2909 or michelleparrish@bellsouth.net.

United Way volunteers are scheduled to work on eight projects on the Day of Caring. The locations and projects are listed below.

• New Horizons Life & Family Services: Painting inside of the office.

• Sandhills Children’s Center: Outside beautification.

• East Rockingham Senior Center: Serving seniors lunch; cleaning up; playing games; interacting with the seniors.

• Ellerbe Senior Center: Serving seniors lunch; cleaning up; playing games; interacting with the seniors.

• Cordova School: Storytelling; home economics lessons.

• Rockingham Rescue Squad: Beautification.

• Back Pack Pals: Packing backpacks.

• Habitat For Humanity: Beautification.

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at ihunter@civitasmedia.com.