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September 18, 2013

A day for serving others

United Way Day of Caring set for Tuesday

Next Tuesday more than 400 volunteers from 68 businesses and organizations will give of their time and efforts to help United Way agencies in Daviess County complete work that otherwise might not get done. That may include painting, power washing, concrete work, re-building ramps, washing windows, planting trees, tagging mittens, doing yard work, and much more.

This year will be the 18th annual United Way Day of Caring. The day will start at the Community Building in Eastside Park at 7 a.m. Tuesday, with a breakfast kickoff.

Pete Parsons, a chairman who has served more than 15 years for this community event, said, “We've got some new people helping, which is exciting.

“By being to be able to provide the volunteers that Day of Caring provides, and doing the maintenance for the agencies, it allows the agencies to do what they do. It allows them to serve their clients better.

“After so many years of doing this, I have come to realize that it allows them (the agencies) to focus their time and resources on what they do. Per capita, we (in Daviess County) are probably as good as any,” when it comes to Day of Caring success stories, Parsons said.

Parsons said getting the high school students involved has not only added to the number of volunteers available to do projects, but that it is a great way for “students to see what is going on in our community.”

“And, it allows them to go out and serve...potentially establish a mindset or a characteristic that it’s not all about me, but about serving others,” Parsons said.

Like Parsons, Daviess County United Way executive director Brenda Sobecki is passionate about Day of Caring. Sobecki has also been involved with Day of Caring for the last 16 years. It's a day where volunteers turnout in their colorful t-shirts all over the county with their paint brushes, buckets and brooms ready and eager to do complete the work set before them.

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