Volunteers needed for Day of Caring


From washing windows to gardening, United Way has dozens of ways for residents to participate in its annual Day of Caring.

On the morning of May 11, hundreds of residents will be helping United Way with projects throughout the community for nonprofit organizations, senior citizens, people with disabilities and less-fortunate people.

Routt County United Way Director Millie Beall said that volunteer slots remain open for the Day of Caring and that some large projects still need staffing.

She asks that anyone interested in participating sign up by the end of the week. Residents can call United Way at 879-5605.

The Day of Caring is a national United Way event, which is in its ninth year in Routt County.

"It's a way for folks to roll up their sleeves and help someone who can't help themselves," Beall said. "It's a way for folks to take part in their community."

The Day of Caring pulls volunteers from across the community, including middle school and high school students, groups of employees from local business and any interested individuals.

Large groups from Steamboat Springs Middle School will be picking up trash along the Yampa River Core Trail. Groups of home-schooled students are working at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter and with Yampatika.

Beall said the larger projects that still need volunteers include painting a day care center lunch--room, spring cleaning at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, gardening at the Yampa River Botanic Park, painting and staining a Horizons Specialized Services group home, yard work and window washing at senior citizens' homes and spring cleaning for LIFT-UP Food Bank.

Beall also is looking for students to help at the Humble Ranch, where they will clean and oil saddles, wipe down helmets, weed gardens and paint.

The Day of Caring reaches a wide range of organizations that go far beyond United Way's typical scope of health and human services programs.

Each spring, United Way sends e-mails and letters asking organizations in its database whether they have any projects that could be done through the Day of Caring. From those responses, Beall said, United Way makes its list of projects.

After the projects are completed, a community luncheon, co-sponsored by the Ski Town Lions Club, will be held at Olympian Hall for volunteers.

Everybody gets such self-satisfaction," Beall said. "It is a fun day."

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com


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