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Estevan shows it cares

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Karen Haughton power washed playground equipment at the Pure Energy Early Learning Centre and Estevan Day Care Cooperative during the Day of Caring.

Local volunteers tackled a variety of projects around the community during the United Way Estevan's annual Day of Caring on June 4.

Director of marketing and administration Laura Bjarnson said more than 100 volunteers worked on 25 projects this year.  

"We have a little bit of housecleaning, but mostly our projects are for the outside," said Bjarnson. "Volunteers are doing some yard work, some flower beds, some planting of tomatoes, and some finishing of fences.

"We have lots of window washing, and some gazebos and patio furniture to be cleaned."

About 20 students from Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur picked weeds in front of St. Joseph's Hospital.

United Way board members, school students, and people from the community were among the volunteers. Businesses allowed their employees to take time off and work at Day of Caring projects.

"Volunteers are worth their weight in gold," said Bjarnson. "They share their time and talents without any compensation, except the knowledge that they are valued."

A barbecue lunch was served to the public at the Estevan Alliance Church, and donations to the United Way were accepted during the lunch. A presentation was made to thank the volunteers who contributed to the Day of Caring.


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