The 19th Annual United Way Day of Caring has been set for Friday, September 29, 2017. This years’ event Chair is Jessi Harman, who has worked at Citizens National Bank for 12 years and joined the United Way Board of Trustees 4 years ago. She has been on the Day of Caring committee for 2 years and is now a member of our Executive Board and on the fundraising committee. The Co-Chair of the event this year is Marie Bennett who is the Business Office Manager at Colonial Nursing Center. She joined the Board of Trustees 3 years ago and joined the Executive Board this year.
The Day of Caring barrels will be placed in local businesses, schools, and industries for collections of non-perishable food and personal care items. On September 29th the barrels are picked up and taken out to Vantage Career Center to be sorted. The goal for this year’s food drive is 36,000 items.
This year a new collaboration has taken place and now, food will be disbursed between Salvation Army, Trinity Friends Church, and the Van Wert Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry. This will make the event even bigger and better knowing it is going to a total of three pantries and getting more items into more homes.
The top need this year is:
- canned meat
- peanut butter
- boxed meals
- instant potatoes
The American Red Cross blood drive will take place on Friday, September 29th at Trinity Friends Church from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Anyone 17 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health is encouraged to donate. Anyone donating blood will receive a free t-shirt and be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gas Card. The blood drive goal is 220 units of blood.
The United Way of Van Wert Count invites you to support your community by participating in the 19th Annual United Way Day of Caring.