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United Way sets Day of Caring' for Friday

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
July 31, 2001
Volunteers who will lead United Way campaigns within their own companies later this year will get an up close and personal look at the benefits of their work during the second Day of Caring, set for Friday.
The day marks the beginning of the 2001 United Way of East Mississippi Pacesetter Campaign, a prelude to the actual United Way fund-raising campaign that will begin later this year.
This year's goal has been set at $800,000, up from last year's $765,000. Money raised will be used to partially fund 16 non-profit, human service agencies.
It will be a busy day Friday for the volunteers, starting at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. After breakfast, the volunteers will go to work at 12 predetermined worksites of various agencies.
Some of the work will include:
Painting the inside and outside and completing basic repairs at for the Boys and Girls Club. Employees of Rush Hospital will take care of that work.
Repairing playground equipment and completing various painting jobs at Wesley House. Employees from Weems Mental Health Center will assume these duties.
Painting, cleaning windows and carpets, filing, and landscaping at Community for Hope. Employees from Great Southern National Bank and JC Penney will handle the projects.
Other companies that will have employees involved during the day include Clearspan, the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Mississippi Power Co., Sears, Atlas, ARMC, BankPlus, The Boeing Co., Community Bank, Dillard's, Citizens National Bank, Alliance Health Center and Riley Hospital.
For more information about Day For Caring, call the United Way at 485-2732.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.