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  • Day of Action benefits several sites

  • Companies around the Crawford County area sent volunteer forces to participate locally in the United Way Day of Action, which is held annually in June.

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  • Companies around the Crawford County area sent volunteer forces to participate locally in the United Way Day of Action, which is held annually in June.

    Volunteers had the opportunity to work for part - or all- of the day Friday, and the Pittsburg part of the event kicked off at 7:30 a.m. at Pritchett Pavilion, where volunteers received the United Way's 2013 "Do Something" Campaign T-shirts and breakfast before beginning work at seven different area United Way partner sites.

    Tasks ranged from landscaping to reading to children to preparing disaster kits.

    Jeff Elliott, co-campaign chairman for the 2013 Campaign, said many agencies need more than just funds.

    "Time and talent is an important part of volunteerism and charity, as well as dollars."

    He said the work volunteers would take on throughout the day would make a difference.

    "You can get a lot done in a matter of hours or half a day," he said.

    Andrea Lindor, director of resource development in Southeast Kansas, said each site served Friday is a United Way partner, and seven companies in the area provided volunteers to serve seven agency sites.

    "(The goal is) just to have as many volunteers from our companies support our United Way agencies," Lindor said.

    Following the kickoff, volunteers began working at sites around the area.

    Karma Wright and Brandi Frazier said Arvest Bank provided volunteers in Pittsburg and Joplin.

    “They are very committed to the communities they are in,” Wright said, adding that it was a beautiful day to volunteer. “We have a perfect day for this.”

    She said the two would be volunteering throughout the morning and were assigned the task of repainting railing at the Pittsburg Family YMCA.

    Elliott also spent his morning at the YMCA and said there are times volunteer hours are the greatest need for organizations, which sometimes don’t have the staff time for the extra tasks.

    Page 2 of 2 - “I think it’s an opportunity to provide a much-needed service to some of the designated agencies of the United Way,” he said, adding that his employer, Commerce Bank, provided him the opportunity to volunteer through the morning hours.

    “A lot of people are able to give a couple hours,’ he said.

    At Wesley House, University Bank supplied a steady stream of volunteers for an hour at a time to do whatever the agency needed.

    “The bank signed up for the day,” said Michele Francis, who worked stuffing bags with lunch items for Wesley House’s summer food program.“Right now we are just putting food in bags,” she said.

    However, Wesley House administrative assistant Casey Brown said the task list was extensive.

    “They’re going to help with some restocking of our summer food program,” he said.

    The first crew on the site helped clean the van, and Brown said lunch bags weren’t on the list until he saw that morning that more were needed. Other projects will include general cleaning, restocking and working to reclaim the large room.

    Elliott said he was glad to be able to see area agencies helped through the event.

    “Today is the National Day of Action, so we tied it in,” he said.

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