TRURO, N.S. – For Terry Hearn and her 50-strong army of United Way volunteers young and old, June 16 was a day to care.
Caring can mean a small child painting Hugs for Hospice inside their tent at the Truro Farmers Market, volunteers putting together soup kits for the hungry at Colchester Food Bank, or bringing the family to clean up the Cobequid Trail, among other activities.
“Day of Care is really important, it gets people involved with their community, it helps them learn about their community and it also gets projects done that might not get done for some of these local agencies,” said Hearn, who is executive director of the United Way of Colchester County. “They’re all very busy and some of these things, they just don’t have the extra time to do.”
Hearn was pleased with the volunteer turnout holding up a group photo of the volunteers in their red United Day t-shirts before they set off to work on Saturday morning.
At the United Way’s ‘Centre of Caring’ tent, people dropped off bicycles for children or picked up vegetable plants such as onions if they needed extra food, as well as painting the Hugs for Hospice. A steady trickle of people showed up.
Off-site, more volunteers conducted a ‘deep clean’ of the Hub House homeless shelter, scrubbing windows, floors and tidying the kitchen. The ramp and front flowerbed at Maggie’s Place were given revamps, while other volunteers did yard work for the Marigold Cultural Centre, the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre and local seniors.
Meantime, the Third Place Transition House had their patio expanded and was given a clean-up too. Intertape Polymer also collected donations of sunscreen, sun glasses and hats for children to promote sun safety this summer.
The Community Credit Union sponsored the Day of Caring for the third year and it has also renewed its support for another three years.