United Way Day of Caring a success

VOLUNTEERS MAKE a huge difference in providing their time to get projects done. The annual Upper Ohio Valley United Way’s Day of Caring combined the energy, enthusiasm and compassion of wonderful volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and gave a great day of work to help 25 agencies in the Ohio Valley.

The Day of Caring marks the kickoff event for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley campaign. Volunteers from 34 organizations in Ohio and West Virginia provided much needed services to help non-profit agencies on Wednesday.

Volunteers Laurie Labishak and German Oritz with OVMC/EORH provided their services at Russell Nesbitt Services in Fulton. Oritz has participated in the Day of Caring as both a volunteer and chairperson for 10 events. Labishak experienced her first year as a volunteer and chairperson and noted that she will be back in future years.

“I’m a firm believer in people helping people and feel that this is the best way to get this mission done,” she said. “I had a great time and will do this again. I loved the presentation on the history of Russell Nesbitt Services and learning about the different programs and activities that go on here.”

Prior to her participation in the Day of Caring, Labishak did a lot of research which gave her insight on what can and needs to be done at the agencies.

Helping out in the community is important to Oritz. This marked his first time volunteering at Russell Nesbitt Services. Past projects have involved painting, removing wall paper, construction and cleaning. He volunteered several years at the Salvation Army in Bellaire.

“It’s important to learn about the agencies and the services that they provide in the region,” he said. “This gives me a better understanding of what happens at the agencies and their accomplishments.”

The Day of Caring began bright and early at WesBanco Arena where the volunteers had a brief program on the event and met with a representative from their host agency. More than 400 volunteers made a difference at 24 agencies in Belmont County in Ohio and Ohio, Wetzel and Brooke Counties in West Virginia.

The Day of Caring provides an opportunity for volunteers to see the needs in the community. Their work shows how they can make a difference through teamwork. Through their participation a number of projects are completed. Volunteers are vital to the community, and they make a difference in helping goals to become a reality.