(Cushing/Yale) — 600 volunteers completed more than 140 community service projects across Payne County
during United Way of Payne County’s Day of Caring on Thursday, September 15th.
“Day of Caring is a continuing tradition in Payne County that showcases community spirit, generosity and the willingness to work together to help those in need, “ Ruth Cavins, United Way of Payne County Executive Director, said.
The Day of Caring, beginning in Payne County in 1996, is an annual single-day event where volunteers support the United Way’s 22 nonprofit partner agencies and local community service organizations.
A team of 22 Enbridge employees completed several major Day of Caring projects at Yale Elementary School. They primed and painted the main hallway, remodeled the bleachers at the softball field, landscaped the baseball and softball field, replaced mulch in the playground and repainted a swing set.
Close to 50 students and volunteers from Oak Grove Public Schools cleaned and disinfected the Cushing Youth Center, cleaned trash and debris at Cushing Memorial Park and went back totheir school to landscape and clean busses.
Teams from 25/8 Safety and Hillcrest Hospital Cushing helped Love, Inc. sort and organize donated items. The Hillcrest team also organized and cleaned at the Cushing Community Food Pantry. Additionally, a team from Bank of Cushing helped the First Christian Church by sorting and organizing their clothes closet.
Latina Simmons, Enbridge employee and United Way board member, coordinated projects and volunteers for Day of Caring in Cushing and Yale.
“By people volunteering their time and sponsors donating their dollars and materials, that’s money that these organizations don’t have to take out of their budget for maintenance needs,” Simmons said.
Along with the projects in Cushing and Yale, volunteers completed projects in Stillwater and Perkins.
Day of Caring is also the official launch of the United Way’s “United We Thrive” annual fundraising campaign. For the first time its 70-year history, United Way has set a fundraising goal of $1,000,000. Cushing’s local goal is $30,000.
“The needs of our community are greater than ever,” Cavins said. “But when we care together, we thrive together. Seeing the support of friends, family and neighbors on Day of Caring, gives us hope that we can reach our fundraising goal.”
Local businesses make Day of Caring successful by contributing necessary materials and supplies to complete projects. Stillwater Medical Center was the presenting sponsor with their $5,000 donation for supplies. This year’s major sponsors included Enbridge, Kicker, BancFirst, Simmons Bank, Exchange Bank, Bryson Homes and OSU Division of Institutional Diversity.
Additional sponsorship came from Payne County Bank, Udoka Law, Community Escrow & Title, Central Rural Electric Cooperative, Edward Jones, Legacy Village of Stillwater, Manhattan Construction, Metro First Realty Unlimited, OnCue, OSU Foundation, RCB Bank, The Bank NA and the United Way Board of Directors.
Arvest Bank, Casey’s, CBEW, Dearingers, Dr. Stephanie Kendrick, InterWorks, Quilting Post, Razook’s Drug, Tiger Drug, Nate’s Tree Service, OK Quality Printing and Iron Monk also contributed resources.
Day of Caring was originally a national United Way event held all over the country on a specific day in the fall. “Days” of Caring are now scheduled throughout the year in thousands of communities.
When you donate to United Way of Payne County, you support the work of 22 nonprofits, which collectively impact more than 73,000 Payne County individuals and families each year. To learn more or donate visit www.unitedwaypaynecounty.org or call 405-377-2161.