Joseph Langenwalter, Wahpeton, was one of numerous volunteers participating in the United Way Day of Caring Tuesday, Oct. 2. The 11th annual event is an opportunity for volunteers to work in everywhere from yards to living rooms, in places from homes to businesses.
United Way of Richland-Wilkin’s Day of Caring celebrated its 11th anniversary Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Each year, countless volunteers go out into Twin Towns Area communities. They volunteer to work everywhere from yards to living rooms, in places from homes to businesses.
One woman received an early start to her Christmas celebrations.
“The team that came to her house finished her yard work, then put up her Christmas tree,” said United Way Executive Director Colette Barton. “They put on Christmas music and decorated the tree.”
Although an exact number of volunteers wasn’t available Wednesday morning, United Way officials say it was a high number.
“When Colette told us they had so many volunteers that they were literally looking for more projects to take on, that made me feel great,” Board Director Perry Miller said.
The Twin Towns Area community should feel wonderful that residents are so giving, Miller continued.
“They’ll show up, not knowing what they’ll be asked to do, and their attitude is that they’ll do whatever they’re asked. It’s a wonderful testament to our community,” he added.
Sometimes it’s about more than completing a project. Barton believes volunteers also participate with hopes of sharing memories and traditions as well as building relationships.
“One of our volunteers is working in Wahpeton now. He volunteered as a Hankinson student. I think of that like a seed planted years ago that’s blooming again,” she said.
Miller agrees, recalling the story of two young men who not only rebuilt a step for an elderly woman, but ended up spending a half-hour visiting with her.
“It almost seems that visiting with her meant as much as the projects they took on,” he said. “It’s nice to see events like this in town.”
Helping neighbors and community members isn’t limited to one day.
Wahpeton High School will hold a second Day of Caring on Wednesday, Oct. 24. There’s still a need for assignments, Principal Ned Clooten said. Call 701-642-2604 for more information or to coordinate a student volunteer visit.
To learn more about United Way of Richland-Wilkin, call 701-642-1250 or visit www.unitedwayrw.org.