The Washington Times-Herald

September 18, 2013

A day for serving others

United Way Day of Caring set for Tuesday

By Melody Brunson Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — 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.

“The Day of Caring is part of what makes Daviess County a great place to live, work and play. We are better together,” she said.

To obtain volunteers, the Day of Caring committee asks Daviess County businesses and organizations to allow their employees to volunteer for all or part of the day. Volunteers will work together in groups and individually on specific projects to get jobs done.

The Daviess County Community Foundation sponsors Day of Caring, covering the cost of the t-shirts and breakfast. Senior and Family Services, a United Way agency, prepares and serves lunch to the volunteers. “Without them, we couldn't do this,” Sobecki said.