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Volunteers are needed for annual Day of Caring

August 27, 2002

With the United Way of Berkeley and Morgan Counties' annual Day of Caring less than a month away, organizers are encouraging local businesses and residents to rally in support of the communitywide event. This year's Day of Caring, set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, and sponsored by the Virginia Honey Company, involves hundreds of volunteers in and around Berkeley and Morgan counties who are donating one day of their time to complete a host of "fix-up" projects for many of the United Way's 28 member agencies.

This year's projects range from yard work and painting at the homes of 15 Berkeley Senior Center clients to washing windows and installing carpet at the Shenandoah Women's Center.

Other ways to help with the annual Day of Caring include donating building materials that are needed to accomplish the various projects as well as donating food to the Mega Food Drive. For information on the food drive, call Gary Cessna at 1-304-754-9033. Anyone interested in volunteering a day of time on Sept. 10 is encouraged to contact volunteer coordinator JoAnn Overington at 1-304-274-1791.

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This year's Day of Caring in Berkeley and Morgan counties will kick off with continental breakfast, courtesy of City Hospital at 7:30 a.m. at War Memorial Park. Volunteers are encouraged to wear past year's Day of Caring T-shirts or their own company shirts. All volunteers are asked to bring a can/boxed food item with them to the park for the annual Mega Food Drive. Following breakfast, volunteers will proceed to one of the various project sites. At 4 p.m., volunteers will gather back at War Memorial Park for dinner, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.

For information, call the United Way office at 1-304-263-0603 or Overington at 1-304-274-1791.

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