United Way of the Eastern Panhandle held its 24th Annual Day of Caring on the anniversary of 9/11. Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism.
The Day of Caring began with kickoff breakfasts in Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson Counties. Over 1000 volunteers spent the day completing tasks such as weeding, mulching, hygiene kit assembly, food packing and painting. Seventy projects took place across the Eastern Panhandle providing thousands of dollars’ worth of labor to local nonprofits.
Volunteers at Berkeley County Backpack Program assembled 500 food bags, double bagged 5000 shopping bags, inventoried food, changed light bulbs and cleaned. The Shepherdstown Rotary Club spent the morning beautifying the James Rumsey Bridge in Shepherdstown. Students from each of the three school systems in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan participated through school-based food drives and volunteering.
In conjunction with Day of Caring, the Mega Food Drive generated almost three tons of food for area food banks. Participating schools, banks, and agencies collected food at their locations and volunteers distributed the items to CCAP, Berkeley County Backpack Program, Morgan County Backpack Program, and Jefferson County Community Ministries.
View the photos from the 24th Annual Day of Caring here.