More volunteers for 'Day of Caring' than anticipated

Published on Friday, 6 June 2014 00:02 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner

So many people have volunteered for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring event that the organization had to find more projects than initially planned, said Nan Moore, president of the organization.

“People are so excited to help with these projects every year,” she said.

The event will be June 13 and be the 21st annual event. The United Way partners with other nonprofit organizations to give volunteers “done-in-a-day” projects. Volunteers with do things like assemble shelving, assist daycare teachers, box files, build handrail and banister, clean windows, landscape, organize clothing, pack dry goods, paint, plant flowers, price/label items, read to children, re-package kits, repair, scrapbook, stuff packets, tape and bed, wash cars, yard work and other tasks, according to a statement.

About 350 volunteers are expected, Mrs. Moore said.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. June 13 with breakfast at First Christian Church and the dispensing of work assignments for 37 projects that are scheduled at local nonprofit organizations. The workday is over by 2:30 p.m. Volunteers then return to First Christian to celebrate and draw for door prizes provided by local merchants.

“United Way is proud to sponsor Day of Caring to showcase the value of volunteers and the impact their collective efforts can have on our community,” according to a statement.

This year’s volunteers will provide assistance for the following agencies: Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, Andrews Center, Azleway Boys Ranch, Better Business Bureau, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Tyler Foundation, Cancer Foundation for Life, CASA for Kids of East Texas, Champions for Children of Smith County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, East Texas Cares Resource Center, East Texas Crisis Center, East Texas Food Bank, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Hospice of East Texas, Junior Achievement of Tyler, Meals on Wheels, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Ninos De Promesa Preschool, North Tyler Day Nursery, Parents Anonymous of Tyler, PATH, Refuge of Light, Spirit of St. Louis Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Paul Children’s Foundation, Tyler Museum of Art, Whitehouse Community Library, United Way of Smith County, YMCA of Tyler, and YMCA of Whitehouse.