Despite the rain, more than 200 volunteers attended a kickoff ceremony in Wadesboro Town Square for the United Way of Central Carolinas-Anson’s 13th annual Day of Caring on Oct. 7
“About a third of the teams decided to work in the rain, while others contacted the homeowners to reschedule a time to complete their projects,” said Caroline Goins, chair of the Day of Caring planning committee. “Despite the weather and other events that occurred on Saturday, not one project that was submitted by the deadline was turned away.”
This year, 229 volunteers making up 28 teams took on 41 projects for the elderly, disabled and non-profit agencies in the community.
Caroline Goins, the 2017 Anson County Day of Caring chair, opening the Ceremony with a welcome to everyone. This was the 13th year.
Pastor Tom Kakadelis from First Baptist Church opened the program by leading the teams in prayer, followed by the Boy Scouts leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and a singing performance by Gina Clarke.
“It is so wonderful to see each of you here this morning, as we celebrate the tremendous volunteer efforts of you, and the many others who will go out and work to make a difference in our great county today,” Goins said. Goins went on to thanks everyone for their time, talents, and commitment to the Day of Caring campaign.
“Without dedicated people like you, this day would not be possible,” she said, then gave special thanks to the sponsors for their efforts.
The sponsors included: Carolinas HealthCare System, Huntley Oil & Gas, JJ Haines, Kiker Resource Management, and Premiere Fibers. Burger King, IGA and Pee Dee Electric provided breakfast, HOLLA! made the signs and H.W. Little for provided stakes for the signs.
Goins also thanked the Town of Wadesboro for collecting the trash bins following the ceremony, and First Baptist Church in Wadesboro for their act of kindness in preparing lunch today, at noon for the Day of Caring volunteers.
“A grateful thanks to my Day of Caring Committee members, who have been working for months to plan this event,” Goins said. Committee members included: Margot Barnes from First Baptist Church, Alexandra Harrington from Anson County Partnership for Children, Jill Lucas from CHS Anson, Ashley Scarborough from Hornwood Inc., Rita Short from Anson County Council on Aging, and Kim Wilson from Kiker Resource Management.
“Most importantly, thanks to you, the Day of Caring Teams,” Goins said. “You stepped up to the task to serve your neighbors in need. Your acts of kindness and caring make an impact in the lives of those served.”
The team sizes ranged from three to 35 people and included:
• Anson High School’s cheerleaders and football team, groups from Ansonville and Peachland-Polkton Elementary and South Piedmont Community College;
• Churches — First Baptist, Deep Creek, Ebenezer Baptist and Kelser Chapel A.M.E Zion;
• Businesses — DA Griffin Construction, Hornwood Inc., Plank Road Forestry, and JJ Hanes;
• Nonprofits — CHS Anson, Boy and Girl Scouts, Anson County Partnership for Children, Anson County EMS, Wadesboro Fire Department, Taking a Stand Ministries, and the Rotary/Interact Club; and
• the Jarman and Terry families.
“This kind of commitment says a lot about the county we live in,” Goins said. “We are truly blessed to be a part of such a caring, giving community.”
“Without your continuous financial support and volunteer efforts, the work that is done through United Way here in Anson County would not be possible,” said Scott Rivers, 2017 Anson County United Way Board chairman. “Our local United Way campaign will help us fund eight local agencies that are providing services and hope to those most in need.”
Beth Diggs, campaign chair, said that by being “united with volunteers, donors, and a network of partners, we are working to address our community’s economic mobility challenges, and create an environment of opportunity for all.”
Diggs said that the programs funded by United Way impact the key areas of education, financial stability and basic needs. She also said that last year, United Way dollars touched almost 4,000 individuals in Anson County.
“That would not have been possible without your donations and support of the United Way campaign,” Diggs said. “Making a measurable impact is what United Way does each and every year through impact grants.”
Last year, the eight local agencies invested $76,400 back into the community.
“The needs in our community continue to be great,” Diggs said. “There are individuals and families who struggle each day here in Anson County and then there are many who find themselves needing help for the first time as they deal with crisis situations.”
Diggs said that the United Way campaign enables individuals and companies to partner with them, to make a difference, as they “unite to build stronger neighborhoods, improve the systems that serve our children and families, and provide basic needs.”
Diggs also said that meeting the critical needs of the community is only possible if the needed programs are available, and donor dollars make it possible.
“We are truly blessed to have such a giving community,” she said. “You have all demonstrated that by being here today, and remember that together we are creating lasting change; united we fight, and united we win.”
Reach Natalie Davis at 704-994-5471.