By DUANE NOLLEN and ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
They showed they cared.
United Way of Mahaska County’s annual Day of Caring was met with what some would call ideal weather. This is particularly helpful considering the fact that many of the volunteers donating their time on Thursday had outdoor projects to complete.
Groups of volunteers from area businesses and other organizations had volunteers working everywhere from the Nelson Pioneer Farm to City Square Park and many points in between.
Amy Langdon, director of United Way of Mahaska County, said about 140 volunteers were at work for the Day of Caring on Thursday. The day included both morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities.
Langdon said it was great to see so many people willing to donate their time.
There are always needs within the community, noted Langdon, adding that the United Way tries to see that these needs are met.
William Penn University students worked at the Nelson Pioneer Farm Thursday morning for their Day of Caring project.
William Penn University instructor Angie Gambell brought her College Foundations class to work at Nelson Pioneer Farm.
“We’re helping with the yard work,” she said.
The 25 students raked leaves, pulled weeds and did some dusting and sweeping of buildings in preparation for the Fall Festival at Nelson Pioneer Farm on Sept. 21.
“This is the first year that I’ve brought my class out here,” Gambell said. “This is our community service project we do for the class.”
In fact, this is Gambell’s first Day of Caring activity.
“It’s a good way to promote the students in far as getting to know the community,” she said.
A group of volunteers also helped with paper work at the United Way office. Seven volunteers from Bank Iowa, Musco and Mahaska Title worked in the office Thursday morning.
“They’re preparing our campaign mailing that is going out tomorrow,” United Way accountant Julie Hyland said.
The mailing is part of the 2013 United Way Campaign and the mailings will be sent to individuals and businesses seeking contributions. The funds will be distributed to United Way-associated agencies this next year.
To learn more about what United Way of Mahaska County does locally, visit www.unitedwaymahaska.org.