Still time to register to roll up your sleeves in volunteer efforts


TAYLOR COUNTY—In times of need, there will always be individuals stepping up to the plate to assist, and as a way to usher in the first day of summer, one local charitable organization participates in a nationwide day of volunteer service.

The United Way is excited to announce that they will once again be observing the annual Day of Action, and their volunteer registration for their 2022 event is now open.

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. “It’s a great way to kick off summer, with a day of giving back!”

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, the Tygart Valley United Way will be hosting events throughout the five counties they serve including Taylor, Barbour, Marion, Randolph and Tucker, with special kick-off events being held at Palatine Park in Fairmont and Elkins City Park in Elkins.

“Having various 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 4:00 p.m., allowing them to participate in various service projects.

In Taylor County, there will be a couple of options for folks to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time for a good cause.

After being in the same location for numerous years, the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) Taylor County location is looking forward to facelift and are seeking help from the community.

“We have been in the same location in Grafton for many years and we would like to make some updates to our office. On the Day of Action, we’ll be stripping wallpaper from our office walls so we can paint later on,” shared an RDVIC representative. “We have one wallpaper steamer, so if anyone has some to share, we’ll gladly borrow those for the day and give them back at the end!”

Work will be completed indoors, in a family friendly environment and is open to participation from anyone 12 years of age or older.

Get outside with Taylor County Family Resources who is looking for philanthropists to assist in their efforts at their peer recovery house, located at 234 Thayer Street. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed.

“Project Safe Haven is TCFR’s soon-to-be-open drop-in center for recovery services. We are in the home stretch of finishing! We just need to clean and paint,” said Taylor County Family Resources Executive Director Cathy Coontz-Griffith. “We could also use some folks to help us mow, do some weeding in the shrub bed and spread mulch.”

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 2022 Day of Action participants will be treated to lunch prior to the start of their projects, and they 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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