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Volunteers prepare for Day of Caring

June 23, 1997

By KAREN MASTERSON

Staff Writer

Volunteers from United Parcel Service offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., tore up rugs Monday night at the "W" House on East Antietam Street in Hagerstown.

The task was a precursor to the United Way's sixth annual Day of Caring, which is scheduled for July 19.

Seven nonprofit agencies and the United Way will benefit from the event, which brings together volunteers from area companies and nonprofit agencies.

"It gives companies an opportunity to work with our agencies ... and understand the importance of our services," said Maureen Theriault, United Way community relations director.

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Monday night's rug ripping at the "W" House - a United Way shelter for women who are trying to overcome substance abuse - was the first task for UPS volunteers, who will spend many evenings there because of the size of the project.

In the coming weeks, they will replace floors and paint, said Sean Cline, a UPS supervisor.

About 150 volunteers are expected to take part on July 19.

Besides the "W" House and UPS, other volunteers will team up as follows: Red Cross and the Hagerstown Police Department, Catholic Charities and Washington County Hospital, Girl Scouts and Independent Cement Corp., Parent-Child Center and FujiColor, United Way and Independent Cement, Commission on Aging and Callas Contractors.

Citicorp Credit Services Inc. has donated up to $10,000 to defray the cost of running the projects and pay for some materials.

Most of the paint, wallpaper, rugs, flooring and food for volunteers is being donated by companies such as Martin's Fine Furniture, Lovell's Nursery Inc., BFI, William M. Neikirk Inc., Martin's Potato Chips Inc., Green Spring Water Co., Dunkin-Donuts of Hagerstown, the Dual Highway Burger King and several others, Theriault said.

New carpeting valued at $500 was donated for the "W" House by Burkholder's Inc., said Marlin Grove, company vice president and manager.

For more on the Day of Caring, call Theriault at 301-739-8200.

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