Volunteers Set For Annual Event

ST. MARYS — Next month, volunteers from across Auglaize County will join together to help a group of local organizations.

The third annual United Way Day of Caring will be held on April 14, and United Way of Auglaize County Director Randy Fisher said the event provides an opportunity for those who want to give back to help local organizations.

“It gives us an opportunity to match companies that want to give back and individuals who want to give back with agencies that need projects done,” Fisher said. “These are all projects that these agencies need to have completed but they don’t have the manpower or volunteers to complete it themselves. So, it gives us an opportunity to bring those two types of organizations together and on one day knock out some serious improvements in our county.”

Last year, more than 300 area residents signed up to help during the Day of Caring.

“Our youngest volunteer was 8 and our oldest volunteer was 81,” Fisher said. “We have projects for just about everybody.”

The 300 volunteers provided much-needed help to United Way partner agencies, Fisher said.

“Last year, the total amount of man hours provided was over $35,000 of labor donated to our community,” he said. “Last year we had 18 participating agencies — that’s $35,000 that these agencies don’t have to go out and hire someone to get this work done. It makes a tremendous difference for everybody.”

Volunteering, Fisher said, is a good way to give back to Auglaize County.

“It’s a great way to see what these agencies do and how they impact our community and our way of life,” Fisher said. “It’s a great way to give back.”

He noted that the event is beneficial to companies.

“Probably the greatest reason to get involved is it’s a great team-building activity for companies,” he said. “When organizations like Dannon and AAP and the city of Wapakoneta send their employees out to get active and get involved in a project, there’s a lot of camaraderie and team-building that goes on besides just the project. It’s a great opportunity for companies.”

Agencies that will be helped during this year’s United Way Day of Caring include Mercy Unlimited, Agape Ministries, the Auglaize County Crisis Center, the Children’s Development Center, the Cancer Association of Auglaize County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties, the St. Marys Community Youth Center, St. Marys ABLE/GED, the Auglaize County Council on Aging and the Auglaize County Visiting Nurses Association.

To sign up to volunteer for the Day of Caring, visit AuglaizeUnitedWay.org and click on the Events tab for a link to the project list and the volunteer sign-up form. Complete sign-up forms may be e-mailed to r.fisher@auglaizeunitedway.org. The deadline to turn in the form is March 30.

For more information, call the United Way of Auglaize County at 419-739-7717 or visit AuglaizeUnitedWay.org.