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Day of Caring showcases community volunteers

Posted: September 17, 2018 4:27 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Pinedale Residential Center Administrator Phillip Hudson pressure washes a gutter at The ALPHA Center as Pinedale employee Sammie Ruth scrubs a stubborn spot on the building’s exterior. Hudson and Ruth performed the work as part of the United Way of Kershaw County’s (UWKC) Day of Caring event on Sept. 7. Hudson is a member of the UWKC Board of Directors.

From raking leaves to delivering meals, volunteers all over Kershaw County partnered with the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) for the UWKC’s annual Day of Caring.

The event is also the kickoff for the organization’s annual fundraising campaign.

“We provide a tangible way for our community to give back, serve and help others,” UWKC President Donny Supplee said. “The Day of Caring is a snapshot of how much folks in our community care about people right here at home.”

The Day of Caring also is the kick-off to the UWKC’s annual campaign. This year’s overall campaign goal is $780,000, according to UWKC’s vice chair for campaigns Pam Spivey. Thus far, nine area industries, 14 businesses, 17 area professional firms, 12 non-profits and five individuals have particiapted and contributed more than $325,000 has been raised by area businesses, industries, schools, and public entities, she said.

Volunteers offer to sign up for specific Day of Caring projects. These included various projects at Wateree, Pine Tree Hill, Midway, Camden, Baron DeKalb and Bethune elementary schools; delivering meals for the Council on Aging, and various maintenance, beautification and improvement projects at Sistercare, the ALPHA Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lil Angels, the United Way, the Boys and Girls’ Club/Jackson Teen Center, Food for the Soul and New Day on Mill.

One successful addition to the campaign is the New Car Giveaway, a partnership between Lugoff Automotive Group and UWKC. The way it works, Spivey said, is that every Friday from August 6 until October 20, a name is drawn from a pool of workplace fair share donors. By week 11, there will be 11 finalists, each of whom will be given a key to the car and on Oct. 27, each key holder will try their key at a special ceremony to be held at the Town Green in Camden. Whoever’s key works wins their choice of a Ford Focus, Ford EcoSport, Toyota Corolla, Jeep Compass or Toyota CH-P.

Anyone who gives via payroll deduction can participate; all one has to do is pledge a fair share gift prior to October 20. Hourly employees donate one hour of pay each month; salaried employees donate 1 percent of their salary.

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