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Day of Caring
Dallack Paulette, 4, son of Aaron and Nicole Paulette of Carrollton, paints at Carroll Community Park

Nearly 200 volunteers worked throughout last Friday as part of the Carroll County United Way Day of Caring.

Ten nonprofit organizations received help with various projects such as landscaping, painting, and maintenance.  The event was coordinated by United Way of Greater Stark County and sponsored by Chesapeake Energy.

Day of Caring is a community wide day of hands-on volunteering in which United Way pairs businesses with local nonprofits and agencies that have projects that would otherwise go uncompleted.  

Organizations who benefited from the event included:  Augusta Elementary, Bluebird Farm, Camp Aldersgate, Carroll Community Park, Carroll Golden Age Retreat, Carroll County YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, HARCATUS Family Support, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and St. John’s Villa.

The Augusta Elementary playground received mulch under playground equipment, creating a safer environment for students to play.  The mulch is specially formulated to contain no bark or pieces of treated lumber and is finer cut than landscaping mulch.  According to Jim Ready, owner of Ready to Haul, he donated 20-25 yards of mulch which was blown onto the playground area.  Chris Hull, principal of Augusta Elementary, noted the facelift the playground received was valued at approximately $850 and was donated through the effort of Angela Perisic of United Way.

“Thank you to Chesapeake Energy, Ready To Haul, and United Way from the staff and students at Augusta Elementary School,” said Hull.

Maintenance of existing gardens and trails was completed along with miscellaneous painting at Bluebird Farm Park.  Painting and trail maintenance was performed at Carroll Community Park along with the construction of a JoxBox, infield maintenance, and landscaping.  Landscaping was installed at three Habitat for Humanity homes being built on Lincoln Ave. in Carrollton.

Carroll Golden Age Retreat, Carroll County YMCA, HARCATUS Family Support and St. John’s Villa had numerous volunteers wielding paint brushes while windows, blinds and curtains were cleaned at Loaves and Fishes.

Ceiling fans were installed at Camp Aldersgate along with painting, cleaning; trail maintenance, small carpentry projects and gutting a building.

Carrie Clemens, United Way of Greater Stark County, coordinated the event with the help of event sponsor Chesapeake Energy:

“This first annual event is a great way to connect businesses and volunteers to local nonprofits to learn more about current needs.Volunteers are able to make a tangible difference where they work and live. Many, many thanks to Chesapeake Energy and all the sponsors and volunteers who made this successful day happen.”

For more information about United Way, visit www.uwstark.org or call 330-491-0445.

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