Valley Volunteers Give Back During United Way's Day of Caring
People volunteer at United Way Day of Caring for greater Augusta.
For some, Wednesday marked a day of service, and people in the Shenandoah Valley participated in the annual United Way Day of Caring for greater Augusta.
Companies donated their employees for labor, and agencies donated supplies to benefit people and organizations across the valley. More than 100 volunteers fixed up day cares, senior centers, and the like.
Ruth Morris has lived in her home for 30 years and over that time, the conditions of the home seemed to slip away.
"Thank goodness and thank God for these people," said Morris.
Her roof started leaking, leaving the walls destroyed and bathroom floors rotted. But now, volunteers for Rebuilding Together and the United Way will transform her life.
"So excited...they're all here, helping me, and doing things for me, and rebuilding my house completely, you might say. I'm joyed. I'm overjoyed," said Morris.
Dozens of employees with McKee Foods are hammering away in the heat to remodel Morris' home. Steve King is leading the site.
"We're doing a cleanup of the living quarters, trying to sort, find a place to put everything, get rid of things we don't need and make it more livable," said King.
Workers will also put in new insulation and wiring.
"It's probably my favorite day of the year, because I just love people being able to touch and feel some of the people in our community that could use a little help," said Cynthia Pritchard, CEO United Way Greater Augusta and visionary for all the projects around the Shenandoah Valley.
Other volunteers are brightening up the community child care center and the Waynesboro YMCA. And even though it might seem like a small sacrifice to some, for others it goes a long way.
"I'm going forward. I'm not gonna look back and take one day at a time," said Morris.
Many of the groups will be working into the evening hours Wednesday.
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