The United Way of Putnam County is looking for both volunteers and ideas for community projects to be completed on their Sept. 5 "Day of Caring."
This annual event is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a day of volunteer opportunities which impact the entire community.
Anyone who has a project they need help with can contact the United Way. First priority will be given to any projects for United Way agencies but other folks can apply for help.
An example of the type of project they might work with is that of a local agency that needed a horse shelter built in a field. They had the supplies but needed manpower.
Day of Caring was able to provide the manpower needed and the horse shelter was done in a day.
Anyone can participate as a volunteer. Businesses, employee groups from local corporations, church and youth groups, as well as civic and philanthropic groups are welcome to join the event.
"No matter what your interest or skills, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Projects may include painting a room, cleaning out a flowerbed or sorting canned food," explained Putnam County United Way Director David English.
The day begins with volunteers gathering at the Walden Inn and Conference Center at 8 a.m. for the Annual United Way of Putnam County Kick-Off Breakfast. Volunteers will hear about the importance of giving back to the community.
"Day of Caring gives volunteers a firsthand look at services provided by local organizations and how they impact people's lives. It also showcases the communities volunteer efforts and promotes the spirit of caring," said English.
DePauw University's new President Dr. Brian Casey will be the featured speaker at the breakfast.
By 9 a.m. volunteers will be ready to report to their work groups.
"This is an opportunity for many local organizations to get help with much needed volunteer assistance," said English.
For information, ask for help with a project or to volunteer, call the United Way at 765-653-5638 or send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org