Volunteers from the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Tusco Display, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Staley Technologies, MEORC and First National Bank of Dennison helped clean out the buildings at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds during the United Way of Tuscarawas County's 2019 Day of Caring. (United Way of Tuscarawas County)
Tuscarawas County, Ohio (Tusco TV) - The United Way of Tuscarawas County’s volunteer army didn’t let a challenge from Mother Nature dampen their giving spirit during today’s communitywide Day of Caring.
United Way Community Resources Manager Susan Reidenbach says around 200 volunteers representing 27 local companies rolled up their sleeves and spent the morning working at 10 different sites throughout the county. She says they’re grateful to everyone came out to help despite the rainy weather.
"Everybody pitched in and stepped up and was willing to be out in the weather and the elements," she says. "We did have a lot of projects inside that they were able to complete but we were so happy to have so many volunteers come out on a day like this."
This year’s sites included Historic Schoenbrunn Village where volunteers ages 8 to 80 helped clean up the gift shop basement, gutters, front entrance and maintenance building. Site Director Deidre Lute says they’re grateful to the Day of Caring volunteers for taking on these projects.
"This is a huge, huge endeavor for us because on a day-to-day basis we have a core set of five to six volunteers so the influx of 30 to 40 people just puts us ahead leaps and bounds from where we would be, and this really helps us prep for our 2019 season. It gets everything ready so we can showcase our opening on May 18th, which is our spring lantern tour," she says.
The site’s youngest volunteer was Maddox Kissinger, who completed various tasks alongside his mother, Rea & Associates employee Leslie Kissinger.
“I just wanted to help my mom and help other people, and I wanted to put everything away," he says.
His mom says this was an opportunity for the two of them to give back to one of their favorite places to visit.
"I actually picked Schoenbrunn. I had the option of all the different sites and I picked Schoenbrunn. I had the option of all the different sites and I picked Schoenbrunn because Maddox and I come here a lot, so all of their events and stuff and we’re members here, so this place is kind of special to us," she says. "When I told him that we got to come to Schoenbrunn and help clean up, he was really excited."
Robert Knight and Shane Skelly of R & J Cylinder and Machine were part of another team of volunteers who helped out with spring cleaning at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds.
"We’ve been through all the pavilions and gone through all the buildings making sure everything is nice and clean. That way, when the fair comes around, we’ve got a nice, clean area for everyone to have fun at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds," Skelly says.
"I think it’s nice that you can give back to the community and just donate your time and get out of your job and meet new people and have a good day. Even though it’s raining, we’re making the best of it," Knight says.
Volunteers also worked on the landscaping in front of the Dover-New Philadelphia Salvation Army. Post Commander Lt. Andrew Allen says the team had to call it a day early because of the rain, but he says they will be coming back later to finish the job.
“They’re doing that out of the kindness of their hearts, so we greatly appreciate their willingness to come back and donate some of their time to help out their community," he says.
Reidenbach says the volunteers collectively donated 1,000 hours of their time throughout the morning, saving the project sites an estimated $24,000 in labor costs.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV