Days of Caring Puts Volunteers to Work

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2003 — Southeast Missouri State University, the Area Wide United Way and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center (VIC) have collaborated to host the 2003 Days of Caring Sept. 22-27.

During this week, volunteers from businesses and the University are taking time out of the day to volunteer in United Way agencies.  This is an opportunity for these individuals to not only give back but to learn more about how agencies affect people’s lives and how donated dollars impact the community.

Wood & Huston Bank, Saint Francis Medical Center and Auto Tire and Parts allowed employees to take some time from work to work in the community serving meals, tutoring and making needed repairs.  Several Southeast Missouri State University students, sorority and fraternity groups, and some clubs also participated.

Agencies providing Days of Caring projects included Family Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, Cape Senior Center and the Boy Scouts.  In addition, University Days of Caring volunteers are helping with the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday.

The Area Wide United Way, Southeast Missouri State University and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center believe that strong communities are built by people who are willing to help others and who want to improve the overall quality of life.  They, therefore, are committed to encouraging volunteerism in Southeast Missouri.

For information on how you can be a volunteer, contact VIC at (573) 335-7555 or the Area Wide United Way at (573) 334-9634.