Day of Caring help sought

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— For many Routt County residents, spring cleaning means more than a quick sweep under the rug.

On May 10, Routt County United Way's 10th annual Day of Caring provides an array of volunteer opportunities to help the community.

Outgoing Routt County United Way Executive Director Millie Beall said 263 volunteers have committed to participate in projects to benefit nonprofit organizations as well as the elderly, disabled and needy.

"It's a pretty big event," Beall said. "It's a perfect time for some real spring cleaning, picking up trash, washing windows after the long winter. We'll have a lot of student participation this year. We also have some businesses volunteering adults for some of the more labor-intensive projects, whose expertise can really help them chew into a good project."

Beall said the team from TIC Holdings plans to do roofing and electrical work for the Advocates Against Battering and Abuse Safehouse.

Many businesses and organizations work together with the United Way by allowing their employees to take a paid day off on May 10 to help with the volunteer tasks.

Routt County Department of Human Services Director Bob White plans to again send a team of volunteers from his department to participate. White said he supports the work done on the Day of Caring and thinks it provides a day of valuable help for Human Services' clients. Many of these clients are elderly, disabled and receiving public assistance.

"For a lot of nonprofits, there's a lot of work that doesn't normally get done. If any one of us donated four hours of time, you'd get nothing done, but the result is huge when you magnify that four hours by the whole bunch of individuals and businesses that get involved," White said.

Incoming Routt County United Way Executive Director Mark Andersen, who returned Monday to the position he previously held from 1995 to 1997, emphasized the growing "vital need for the community" that human service agencies and active volunteers provide in a growing county.

"I hope that the Day of Caring will get people motivated to volunteer," Andersen said.

Volunteers have until May 5 to sign up for the Day of Caring. To volunteer, call 879-5605.

"The idea is that we have a small army willing to roll up their sleeves and do something important for someone else," Beall said.

Beall also stressed the partnership between the United Way and the Ski Town Lions Club, which will host a luncheon for the volunteers after their work is done at the Community Center, 1255 Lincoln Ave.

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