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Record day for 3rd annual "Day of Caring"

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They spent their Friday helping United Way partners do things those businesses maybe couldn’t get done on their own financially or have the time to do. They spent their Friday helping United Way partners do things those businesses maybe couldn’t get done on their own financially or have the time to do.
There were about two dozen agencies throughout the county receiving help from these volunteers. There were about two dozen agencies throughout the county receiving help from these volunteers.

The name signifies exactly what the day is all about. United Way’s third annual "Day of Caring" brought a record number of volunteers out to Allen County businesses to show that they care.  

Over 300 volunteers representing 29 companies took part in the special day. They spent their Friday helping United Way partners do things those businesses maybe couldn’t get done on their own financially or have the time to do.

"I think it’s in their heart, it’s something they want to do, they want to help," said Jeff Fitzgerald, 2018 United Way Campaign Co-Chair. "They help financially with United Way of Greater Lima which thus helps these partner agencies, but they also want to give their time and effort. They know the lack of resources sometimes, the lack of time. That they could come out and do this on their day off is awesome. They can help the community in which they live."

There were about two dozen agencies throughout the county receiving help from these volunteers. They did work that ranged from landscaping to carpentry, to painting.

"It allows you to see some of the services that I normally wouldn’t use, personally," said volunteer Nate Neuenschwander. "We’re at the Allen County Council of Aging and I don’t have any need to use that quite yet. But it’s good to see there are services that you’re not familiar with, but you can get engaged with them by volunteering."

Faurot Park had one of the biggest projects on the day that included work on the new volleyball court, refurbishing the skate park and installing a small shelter house. Many volunteers helped this project including veteran and first-time helpers.

"It’s the spirit of it," said Amy Marcum, who volunteered every "Day of Caring." "I mean certainly it’s wonderful to give but I feel like all of us receive too. So I just love coming out being with other people and doing something to just help the whole community." 

"Our small firm in Bluffton, we’re always looking for a way to give back," said Phillip Shank, a first-time volunteer. "A lot of people support us, so it’s nice to be able to take a day and do what we’re doing."

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