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Eastern Panhandle Day of Caring set for Sept. 11

Volunteers will perform a variety of tasks, such as fixing closet doors at the home of an elderly resident, building a sandbox at an area day-care center and walking dogs at the humane society

August 26, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — With projects ranging from weeding and planting flowers to installing carpet and building decks, hundreds of volunteers throughout the Eastern Panhandle will be hard at work during this year’s 18th annual Day of Caring.

Scheduled for  Sept. 11, the day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a kickoff breakfast/pep rally for volunteers and organizers in each of three counties.

Berkeley County volunteers will gather at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg; Jefferson County volunteers at The Inn at Charles Town (W.Va.); and Morgan County volunteers at the Board of Education offices in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

After that, volunteers take off for projects requested by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s dozens of nonprofit partners, like the Boys & Girls Club, which has units in all three counties; Berkeley Senior Services; and Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.

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Volunteers will perform a variety of tasks, such as fixing closet doors at the home of an elderly resident, building a sandbox at an area day-care center and walking dogs at the humane society. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of labor are completed in the three counties on the Day of Caring.

In conjunction with the Day of Caring, the Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle are sponsoring a Mega Food Drive. The drive, designed to collect nonperishable food for area food pantries, will be held in the weeks leading up to Day of Caring. Sponsoring businesses will collect food at their locations.

Representatives from the Young Professionals will collect food at area grocery stores on Sept. 11.

Many projects are still in need of manpower. Interested community members who want to help or learn more may contact Keleigh Taylor of the United Way office at ktaylor@uwep.org or 304-263-0603, ext. 24, for more information. 

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