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About 650 volunteers help with Day of Caring projects

September 14, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Tuesday's 10th annual Day of Caring in Jefferson County was the biggest yet, with an estimated 650 people turning out to tackle projects from home repair to large-scale building projects, organizers said.

Volunteers worked on 57 projects across the county in the event organized by the United Way of Jefferson County. The workers were treated to dinner Tuesday night at Charles Town Races & Slots, event spokeswoman Pamela Holstein-Wallace said.

There was a flurry of activity at the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County along Leetown Pike as an estimated 25 volunteers installed tile floors, laid gravel in outdoor animal holding areas and did other work.

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The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is the only full-service animal shelter in the county, and shelter officials constantly look for ways to create more holding areas for a growing number of unwanted pets being brought to the facility, officials at the center said.

Shelter officials say they have been wanting to build a new outdoor holding area for animals behind the building.

Earlier this summer, a concrete slab that was paid for through a Governor's Partnership Grant was poured for the holding area. On Tuesday, a team from the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center was preparing to build a roof over the concrete pad.

When completed, the holding area will be used as an area to exercise animals and a place to keep them while inside facilities are being cleaned, shelter officials said.

"It used to be a mud hole out here every time it rained," said Dixie Dunn, a member of the shelter's board of directors.

Businesses often donate materials for the projects. At the animal shelter, Todd Kable of Kable Hauling donated three tons of gravel, Dunn said.

Elsewhere in the county, about 100 people worked on landscaping projects in Jefferson Memorial Park, and Charles Town Rotary Club members rebuilt a woman's porch at her house on Lawrence Street, Holstein-Wallace said.

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