CLARKSBURG -- Member agencies of the United Way of Harrison County received some help from enthusiastic volunteers from community-oriented entities in the area Friday.
Eleven agencies benefited from the nearly 50 people who assisted with various chores such as delivering meals, beautifying landscapes, painting and even computer work.
Outside the YMCA of Harrison County family center on Lowndes Hill, five people from Dominion Transmission were busy with landscape work, including mowing grass and planting flowers.
"We're thankful to Dominion for letting us have the day to do the work," said one of the five, Cathy Egan.
Meanwhile, along the exit road from the YMCA, Tolley Electric employees cleared away brush that extended over the roadway.
"It's our way of coming out and helping out the community," Terry Booth said.
Bi-County Nutrition in Nutter Fort was the grateful recipient of assistance from Ann and Terry Osborne, who work for the FBI Center in Clarksburg and are Bridgeport residents. The couple did some needed painting work at the administration building.
In addition, the center's meal delivery drivers had help from Tina Gresak of WDCI-FM radio and Sue Hunter of American Express.
Wanda Carrico, director of the center, said, "I wish it could be one day a week rather than one day a year."
Carrico said there are about 100 volunteers currently serving the five centers, which include Nutter Fort, Lost Creek, Shinnston, Salem and West Union. They serve 550 meals a day.
At the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic, which operates out of the West Milford Community Building, two other Dominion employees were helping. Sister Barbara Fidler, Ph.D., clinic director, was pleased with the assistance she received at the free health and dental clinic.
Other United Way agencies that had volunteer help included: Alzheimer's Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, CRISS-CROSS, Family Service, Girl Scouts, Hope Inc., Salvation Army and the YWCA.
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