The true spirit of Knox County did shine through on two great days of volunteer experiences in the annual United Way Day of Caring.

The event featured hundreds of volunteers from all ages, shapes and sizes. Crews of street cleaners from South Knox Middle School, VU Men’s Basketball team, and students from Professor McClure’s class cleaned the Second, Hart, and Willow corridors. Students from Professor Lederman’s class painted hallways at the YMCA of Vincennes while groups of youth from Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village did landscaping around the new bridge at the YMCA. Other work sites included Vectren employees removing trees around city property, Kemper CPA Group employees cleaning windows and vans at the KCARC Baker Center and Kiwanis Aktion Club members stuffing Love a Bears at Generations.

Countless workers manned shifts at Dollar General Market in Bicknell, JayC, WalMart, Save-A-Lot and Dollar General on Willow as we collected items for area food banks as well as other partner agencies. The generosity of local donors at these sites were gathered together in Memering Motor vehicles and sorted by other volunteers at First Baptist Church to distribute to the Blue Jeans Center, North Knox Social Ministries, Helping His Hands, Vincennes Food Pantry, B.A.B.E store, and Knox County Mental Health America. All volunteers sported shirts sponsored by Duke Energy, Good Samaritan, and Vincennes University.

On behalf of our staff, board, and Day of Caring Committee we would like to sincerely thank all of our corporate sponsors, media, and our wonderful volunteers for making this effort a complete success.

Hill is the executive director United Way of Knox County

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