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.
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 in Fairmont and Elkins.
“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 4:00 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.
Get outdoors at the Homestead Farm Center during their initiative to assist RURAL Farm Trainee Program participants with a special farm project.
Volunteers will work alongside adults with developmental disabilities in an array of ways including working in garden greenhouse or high tunnel; small livestock husbandry; completing a small construction project; or assisting with education crafts and activities in the farm’s outdoor classroom.
Those wishing to take part in this Day of Action opportunity will need to be physically capable of participating in mild to moderate outdoor physical activity such as walking, standing, light bending and lifting.
It is suggested that volunteers remember to dress accordingly, wearing lightweight shirts and workpants such as jeans khakis or athletic pants, as well as crew socks that will cover the ankles from sticks and briars, and should bring along with them sunscreen and non-toxic insect spray.
Organizers revealed that water will be available for volunteers throughout the day, however food will not.
“Please either eat beforehand or bring your own lunch/snacks with you,” they urge. “And in the event of inclement weather, the project will take place in our barn or outdoor classroom area.”
Taylor County Family Resources 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 spreading mulch.”
Additionally, Catholic Charities Taylor County Office, located at 17 West Washington Street, will be participating in the Day of Action.
“We need your assistance in cleaning and restocking our Food Pantry! This would be an indoor event,” organizers shared.
Volunteers for this project should be between the ages of 18 and 65. Those wishing to take part may feel free to park in the St. Augustine Church Parking Lot. The Catholic Charities of West Virginia entrance is located in the rectangular red brick building, and the door is painted red.
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.”