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Volunteers spruce up local United Way agencies

By Staff
A CARING TOUCH Tiffany Heaney and Michael Gibson, both Citizens National Bank employees, put a fresh coat of paint on walls inside the Wesley House Community Center on Friday during the United Way of East Mississippi's annual Day of Caring. PHOTO BY STEVE GILLESPIE / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
August 7, 2004
Friday marked Michael Gibson's fifth year in a row to do volunteer work at the Wesley House Community Center as part of the United Way of East Mississippi's Day of Caring.
A vice president of marketing at Citizens National Bank in Meridian, Gibson is the bank's United Way chairperson. The first year he did work at Wesley House, Gibson said he got lost in the hallways of the center at 1520 Eighth Ave.
Wesley House was one of 11 agencies, partially funded through the United Way of East Mississippi, where about 100 volunteers did various projects Friday as part of the United Way's annual Day of Caring.
The volunteers were employees of businesses that have pledged to support United Way in its new fund-raising campaign with a goal of $700,000.
At Wesley House, Gibson and other volunteers from the bank painted the building's interior, helped clean the yard and sort clothes donated to the center.
Wesley House is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is made up of six different agencies that provide education, children's advocacy, a sexual assault crisis center, a relief agency, a community clinic and other forms of assistance.
Ginger Grissom Stevens, associate director of Wesley House, said the extra help Friday was appreciated and needed because the center has had to buy a new roof and renovate and update the kitchen in its 25-year-old building.
The center collects food, clothes and toys for low-income families every year.
Day of Caring
Anyone interested in helping the United Way of East Mississippi meet the $700,000 goal of its upcoming fund-raising campaign should call the local United Way office at 693-2732.
Other agencies and the projects done by
volunteers during Friday's Day of Caring, included:
American Red Cross Volunteers from
Citizens National Bank were scheduled to do lawn work;
Boy Scouts of America Volunteers from
Citizens National Bank, McRae's Department Store and Rush Health Systems were scheduled to store tents, prepare surveys, plant flowers and re-roof a camp building;
Boys and Girls Club Volunteers from Rush Health Systems and Mitchell Distributing Co. were scheduled to paint, clean and cut weeds;
Care Lodge Volunteers from Mississippi Power were scheduled to paint an office, participate in a children's program and sort donations;
Community of Hope Volunteers from J.C. Penney were scheduled to file papers, clean and provide technical assistance to computers;
Girl Scouts Volunteers from Avery Dennison were scheduled to paint and clean the interior of a lodge at Camp Meridale;
Hope Village for Children Volunteers from Alliance Health Center were scheduled to paint interior walls;
Multi-County Community Service Agency Volunteers from Alliance Health Center were scheduled to paint interior walls;
L.O.V.E.'s Kitchen Volunteers from Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center were scheduled to deliver meals and clean;
Meridian Speech and Hearing Volunteers from AmSouth Bank and Dillard's were scheduled to organize offices and clean.

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