More than 450 volunteers, including retirees, community volunteers and employees from 34 organizations, took up buckets, mops, brooms and toolboxes to aid many nonprofit organizations as part of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley's 21st-annual Day of Caring on Sept. 19.
The day helped to kick off the 2012-13 campaign for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, which has set a goal of $777,777 to help fund its 30 member agencies.
Day of Caring volunteers performed tasks at United Way member agencies and other community agencies.
HELPING HAND — Volunteer Joe Brynza of Follansbee painted areas of the Brooke County Public Library as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring. Brynza and his wife, Loretta, who represented H&R Block, were among more than 450 volunteers who lent their time to the 30 agencies served by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley on Sept. 19.
William Wagner of WesBanco, president of the United Way board of directors, welcomed the volunteers as they gathered at WesBanco Arena and thanked businesses who allowed their employers to volunteer their time.
"This is an awesome day," he said. "It's truly a case of neighbor helping neighbor."
Patrick J. Reindel, director of the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center and the United Way agencies' liaison to the board of directors, told the group that the United Way agencies often depend on volunteers.
"The Day of Caring saves social service agencies with tight budgets thousands of dollars in labor costs," he said. "Your work, in terms of time and money, is incalculable. The Day of Caring communicates to others that what we social service agencies do is important work. You represent the spirit of goodwill in this community."
During the Day of Caring, volunteers performed tasks ranging from trimming trees to painting to helping senior citizens with repairs or cleaning in their homes.
Among the many agencies providing jobs for the Day of Caring were the American Red Cross; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Upper Ohio Valley; Boy Scouts of America Ohio River Valley Council; Brooke County Public Library; Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley; Family Service of the Upper Ohio Valley; Girl Scouts of USA Black Diamond Council; and the Seeing Hand Association.
To make a donation to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, send it to 51-11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003. For information on conducting a campaign for the United Way, call (304) 232-4625 or log on to www.unitedwayuov.org.