The need for volunteers was announced and Bladen County responded. Mrs. Barbara Knight, United Way of Bladen County Day of Caring coordinator exclaimed, “It was wonderful to see all the people come out to help!”
Sponsors and volunteers of the United Way of Bladen County Day Of Caring rolled your their proverbial sleeves and got the work done on Friday, November 1st for the annual day of community service. Mrs. Knight laid out the ground work for the day during the morning gathering at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.
Over 300 bags of food and hygiene products were packed and delivered to local schools, the local park was cleaned up, and damaged homes in Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown received needed repairs. Volunteers from the Bladen Baptist Association, Bladen Community College, Bladen Disaster Recovery Team, DuPont, Elizabethtown Rotary Club, and Emereau:Bladen Junior Beta Club joined United Way of Bladen County.
Dr. William Findt, Chairman of the board of United Way of Bladen County said, “All this amazing help sure makes a difference here in Bladen County.”
Mrs. Knight said, “I think this could be the biggest crowd we have had help with the Day of Caring.”
She added, “Two representatives with the Red Cross stopped in and said they would be helping next year, and Dr. Robert Taylor said each school will be assigned a project for community outreach to participate in the event next year as well.”
The partnerships and support are what it takes to make the day successful.
“We are grateful for the partnership with United Way of Bladen County,” Rev. Jason Williams with the Bladen Disaster Recovery Team stated. “United Way assisted us in helping families get appliances they needed, and they help with materials to help repair homes.”
The Bladen Baptist Association and the Bladen Disaster Recovery Team continue to have many projects happening across Bladen County due to the damages received during hurricanes. While United Way of Bladen County continues to work along side the organizations, volunteers are still needed.