Big Help on One Big Day of Caring
United Way of Fort Smith Area will launch one of its biggest 2012 activities without asking for a dime.
Its annual Day of Caring April 19, instead, asks volunteer teams to tackle 69 projects in a surrounding six-county area. When up to 900 people volunteered their time last year, the monetary value was a mass donation equal to $65,000 in work hours.
Volunteer opportunities include visiting with the elderly, clearing brush, planting flower beds, helping to assemble and install furnishings and sorting food items, among many other needed tasks. The beneficiaries are nonprofit agencies that may not have the money or manpower to complete these projects without the help of many hands.
Area businesses sponsoring the Day of Caring this year include AOG, BancorpSouth, Citizens Bank and Trust, Experian, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Gerdau Macsteel, Golden Living, Liberty Bank, Pernod Ricard, employees of Planters, Rheem, Simmons First, Sykes and Owens Corning.
Volunteers may still sign up. Lunch, T-shirts and work materials will be provided.
The Day of Caring will begin with breakfast events at Golden Corral in Fort Smith, First United Methodist Family Life Center in Booneville at 7:30 a.m. and North Franklin County Fair Building in Ozark at 7:45 a.m. Project sites are located in Alma, Arkoma, Barling, Booneville, Charleston, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Lavaca, Ozark, Paris, Sallisaw and Van Buren.
Recognition lunches will be held at Greenhurst Nursing Home Club House in Charleston and the North Franklin County Fair Building in Ozark.
To volunteer, call the United Way at 479-782-1311 or volunteer online at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org.