United Way to share volunteer labor during Week of Caring

Published 9:45 am Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sharing is caring, and the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way is gearing up to share a week of volunteer labor during the Week of Caring in June.

During the Week of Caring, volunteers from agencies served by the United Way or from the public will work at other nonprofit agencies through the community to help them complete necessary projects. The 2015 Week of Caring will begin on June 15.

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“Any agencies that have service projects they need volunteers to help complete them, we can help with that,” United Way Director Cheri Tinney said.

The United Way is currently accepting applications for service projects to be included in the Week of Caring. The service project is open to any non-profit agency, including the school systems, Tinney said.

“We are always looking for ways we can help,” Tinney said. “If any agency needs assistance, and we have the volunteers available, we will do what we can to help.”

In the past, United Way volunteers have carried out projects at the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton, the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library and several of the city’s parks. These projects have included planting new flowers, painting signs, organizing shelves and reading to children. The Week of Caring has also helped to collect supply donations for agencies in need of materials to help them complete their daily functions.

“We have a goal of completing one task a day for the Week of Caring,” Tinney said. “We are always looking for new projects.”

To be considered for assistance during the Week of Caring, agencies should call the Elizabethton United Way at 543-6975.

“All the agencies have to do is call and tell me what their need is,” Tinney said. “If is something we can do, we will help.”