The Duncan Banner

April 4, 2014

Day of Caring set for May

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Progress is often built on the labor of volunteers.

On May 9, volunteers will be put into action for the United Way of Stephens County’s annual Day of Caring. The day-long event will provide aid to various non-profit organizations.

During the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry monthly community breakfast on Thursday, Gina Flesher and Haylee Root, who co-chair the event, discussed the volunteer opportunity.

Volunteers will work on various projects for the organizations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Flesher said. Seven organizations have signed up to be helped thus far,  Flesher said, and organizations have until 4 p.m. today to ask  United Way to be added to the list..

“We need volunteers and we need sponsors,” she  said.

Because no money is budgeted for the event, the Day of Caring volunteers meet with area business owners to see what  can be donated for the projects, including painting equipment, tools and  other items.

Root said the Day of Caring is a fun experience for the volunteers and provides them with a sense of accomplishment.

“Last year was the first time I did it,” Root said. “It was so much fun.”

Flesher said there are usually about 150 volunteers for the event, and she hopes to see a good turnout again this year.

“It’s going to be a great day,” she said.

During the breakfast, other non-profit organizations highlighted upcoming events.

* The Chisholm Trail Arts Council will have the Dallas Jazz Orchestra for the final CTAC Live performance of the 2013-14 season.

The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Simmons Center Theatre. The 20-piece orchestra will present a mix of classic and contemporary music arrangements.

For information, call Darcy Reeves at 580-252-4160.

* The first fundraiser for Christians Concerned is set for 6:30 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Because of the financial help the United Way agency provides to people in the Duncan community when it comes to utility bills, the organization is hoping to offset those costs to continue to help people in emergency situations.

The organization also helps provide people with a week’s worth of food. Last year, more than 40,000 pounds of food were provided to Duncan residents.

* The Duncan Moose Lodge will have its Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. April 19 at the Moose Lodge.