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United Way prepares for 'Day of Caring'

by Jennifer Biller

STAFF WRITER

Those who have received help from agencies like the American Red Cross now have a chance to give something back.

The United Way's 9th Annual "Day of Caring" on Friday is the opportunity for the public to donate a few hours of their time to any of the 22 agencies that receive funding from the United Way.

Some of the area agencies involved are Arc of Harrison County, Bi-County Nutrition, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, CRISS-CROSS, Salvation Army, Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County and YWCA of Harrison County.

"They do such a good job throughout the area with all the functions they perform for the general public, now is the public's chance to help them," said Robert Tolley, president of the board of directors for United Way of Harrison County.

The purpose of the day is for people from local communities, businesses and schools to lend a hand to the agencies. Volunteers can choose at which office they want to work and will assist those offices in their daily operations, Tolley said.

The agencies may need help with various tasks including helping clients, reading to children, on-site repairs or filing, Tolley said.

"The agencies look forward to that little extra help they get on this day," he said. "Usually these agencies are staffed to a minimum."

The event also helps give the public an idea of where the money they donate goes and how it is spent.

Many area employers are allowing workers to leave work early or take the day to help out, he said. There are usually between 40 to 60 volunteers from around 20 different businesses that participate, he added.

The "Day of Caring" program has been held for the last eight years and has been a success, Tolley said. The board is hoping to expand the program to be held twice a year, he said.

Those interested in volunteering can contact the United Way at 624-6337.

Staff writer Jennifer Biller can be reached at 626-1449 or jbiller@exponent-telegram.com.

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