JSU Faculty, Employees and Students Lend a Hand on United Way’s Day of Caring
From Staff Reports
The Jacksonville News
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Local Volunteers Chip in to Help Community
Connie Thompson paints a rabbit on the wall of the Jacksonville Day Care Center. Photo: Jennifer Bacchus
“Take more than 300 volunteers performing more than 1,000
hours of labor during the United Way’s Day of Caring and you have saved
area non-profit agencies close to $15,000 in just one day” said Carol
Cleghorn, the 2007 Day of Caring Committee Chair for Calhoun County
Close to 400 volunteers from more than 25
companies and organizations painted, landscaped, cleaned and spruced up
area non-profits on June 22. According to Dodie Newman, United Way Day
of Caring Coordinator, “the response for volunteers for this year’s
projects has been super.”
In Jacksonville, Habitat for Humanity
and Jacksonville Day Care benefited from the Day of Caring. Volunteers
from Alabama Power put up siding on the Habitat house soon to become
Meria Stripling’s home on Roberson Street.
Melvin Bolt, Andy
Carden, Ken Deal, Buddy Eiland, Steve Hildebrand, Douglas King, Brad
Mooney, David Naugher, Rod Nowlin, Chris Shinstock and Janice Vera
joined in the project.
Meanwhile, across Highway 21 at
Jacksonville Day Care, Jacksonville State University faculty, employees
and students painted the hallways, bathrooms and mural.
Blades, Mary Cheatwood, Christan Green, Marcia Hardney, Rainer Haspel,
Debbie Hood, Shelley Kaler, David Keefer, Karen Maxwell, Courtney
Peppers-Owen, Tracy Phillips, Robin Smyre, Connie Thompson, Janet White
and David Zeigler all put a lot of elbow-grease into their painting.
Angie Finley and Joe Whitmore helped gather the JSU volunteers and
organize them to make the day a success.
“The day of caring is
about sharing our most valuable asset: our time,” said Cleghorn. Some
employers pay their employees for the time spent on a project while
other employees may use an off-day or vacation time to volunteer.
many cases, once a company has taken on an agency’s project they build
a bond with that agency, leading to additional support and donations
throughout the year.
This year’s theme was “We’re Having a Ball,
Giving Our All.” Volunteers across Calhoun County worked at 2nd Chance
Women’s Shelter, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, All Saints Interfaith
Center, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and
Girls Club, Calhoun County Humane Society, Calhoun/Cleburne County
Children’s Center, Children’s Services, Community Enabler, Concern for
Children, Coosa Valley Attention Home, Coosa Valley Detention Center,
Daybreak Crisis Center, East Alabama United Cerebral Palsy Center, Girl
Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Ministries, Jacksonville Day
Care, Opportunity Center, Retired Senior Volunteer Service, Salvation
Army, United Way of East Central Alabama, YMCA, and YMCA Camp Hamilton.
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