United Way Day of Caring is Oct. 22

Staff Writer

For those who have wondered what United Way of Clay County does, local volunteers will have the opportunity to see United Way dollars at work during the annual Day of Caring, Tuesday, Oct. 22. Sponsored by Southern Ionics, Jubilations Cheesecake, and Hoover’s Bakery, this event will match volunteers with agencies for a morning of work and fellowship.
"The event will kick off in conjunction with the West Point Growth Alliance’s Wake Up West Point that morning at 7:30 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts," Stacy Hays, director of United Way of Clay County, said. "Volunteers are invited to convene at the Arts Center for breakfast and coffee compliments of Jubilations and Hoover’s Bakery before they head to local agencies for a morning of work and fellowship."

Hays said United Way appreciates the T- shirts for all participants and agency representatives that will be provided by Southern Ionics.
Local agencies participating in Day of Caring include Sally Kate Winters Family Services, Clay County Community Day Care, West Point Clay County Animal Shelter, The Mission, West Point Growth Alliance, and Project Homestead Food Pantry.
"The Mission is not under the umbrella of United Way," Hays said. "But we included them last year and this year. They do wonderful things for the community."
Last year, volunteers were helping get the building that had been vacant for many years, ready to become mens transitional housing. This year during the Day of Caring, that building will be being prepared for its grand opening.

"A food drive for Project Homestead Food Pantry will also be held in downtown West Point during that day," Hays said. "Volunteers and local residents are encouraged to bring food donations to the Arts Center if they are attending Wake Up West Point or to drop off donations at the designated location throughout the morning."
Items requested by the food pantry are: peanut butter, canned tomato products, canned soup, canned vegetables, dried beans, rice/pasta and baby food.

Projects to be completed that day are:
The Mission – general cleaning in preparation of the grand opening
Food Pantry: Prepare bags for distribution and distribute food to clients
Clay County Day Care – rock babies, read to children, raking and bagging leaves
West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter – bathing and walking dogs, socializing cats, planting shrubs in front of the Marcia Lane cat house
Growth Alliance – stuffing goodie bags for the Boo Parade
Anyone interested in volunteering that day can call the United Way office at 494-8089 or email Stacy Hays at uwclaycounty@hotmail.com.