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United Way wants Day of Caring projects

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The United Way Estevan is looking for projects and for volunteers for its annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, June 4.

Day of Caring committee chair Christa Morhart said the event has grown every year. There were approximately 150 volunteers who worked at 36 projects last year.

The United Way has received several requests for projects already, and some people have stepped forward to help out.

They will receive a variety of project requests, but ideal Day of Caring tasks would include gardening, landscaping, cleaning windows, and other odds and ends chores that people might not be able to complete.

"If they have indoor stuff like hanging blinds, or maybe they have some cleaning out of the garage that needs to get done to prepare for spring and summer, or sweeping off sidewalks and the driveway, or weeding the yard, those are the biggest ones we get," said Morhart.

Day of Caring volunteers will also go into senior citizens' homes to chat with the residents.

"The seniors definitely enjoy the visits," said Morhart. "There are a lot of them whose families live far away, so they don't get to visit very much."

The Day of Caring is all about showing that people care about the community and its residents, Morhart said, and showing pride in the city.

In previous years, local companies have allowed their employees to take the day off so that they can volunteer. Others have paid their staff to work at the Day of Caring.

"Sometimes they send us a crew, or sometimes just a few people, or the managers themselves will come out and volunteer, while their staff holds down things at the office," said Morhart.

There will also be a lunch served at the Estevan Alliance Church at noon during the Day of Caring. A silver collection will be the fee for the lunch.


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