kick off the summer season by volunteering for your community


TAYLOR COUNTY—To kick off the official start to summer, an organization aimed at helping residents usher in a season of service with a special day devoted to volunteerism.

The Tygart Valley United Way, formerly the United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties, is excited to announce that they will be observing the 2021 Day of Action.

According to their website, www.unitedway.org, this special day provides opportunities for individuals and groups to be part of solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives, something the United Way holds dear.

“Day of Action is an initiative we look forward to each year,” voiced Brett White, Chief Executive Officer of Tygart Valley United Way.

This year, on and around June 21, thousands of people across the globe will volunteer to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

Locally, Tygart Valley United Way will be hosting events throughout the five counties they serve including Taylor, Barbour, Marion, Randolph and Tucker counties.

“Having over 30 projects take place in our five-county region is truly a testament to the power of our communities,” White commented.

During the Day of Action, partner organizations in each county will host volunteers from noon until 5:00 p.m., allowing them to participate in various service projects.

In Taylor County, so far there are three choices for residents hoping to volunteer their time and talents.

Taylor County Family Resources' recovery group center, located at 234 Thayer Street, needs some work done on the outside, and they are looking for philanthropists to assist in their efforts. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed.

“We could use folks to help us mow, sweep up gravel and cinders and do some weeding in the shrub bed,” said Taylor County Family Resources Executive Director Cathy Coontz-Griffith. “ It will all be outside work and if it rains, we have some cleaning and painting that needs accomplished too!”

Catholic Charities, located at 17 W. Washington Street, Grafton, will be painting the lines for parking spaces at their Outreach office parking lot.

In addition, volunteers will work to clean up around the outside of the facility.

Items needed for the project will be provided, but participants are asked to please bring gloves and sunscreen.

Those hoping to take part should be at least 21 years of age, and my register to volunteer by June 14.

If it is an indoor project you’re hoping to complete, register as a volunteer to help PACE Enterprises at the old sheltered workshop.

Volunteers will act an assistant to staff members and participate in activities with clients, providing them an opportunity to learn about the behavioral/mental health field and how to assist people of various abilities.

Activities might include playing board games, discussing current events and interacting with program participants.

Volunteers must be patient, nonjudgmental and calm. The volunteer position is open to anyone over the age of 18.

To register for these events, to or to check out more happenings during the Day of Action, please log on to tvuw.us/doa.

The 2021 Day of Action is sponsored locally by WVU Medicine. Participants will be treated to lunch and will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

“We are so grateful for all of our volunteers who show up in force to make positive changes in our communities,” expressed Emily Swain, Tygart Valley United Way Community Impact Director. “We encourage businesses, teams, friends, families and civic groups to sign up together and kick off the summer helping others.”

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