‘Inspired, engaged, united’ Day of Action proves impactful

Published 8:31 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019

More than 40 work sites throughout four counties benefited from volunteers for the Heart of Kentucky United Way’s Day of Action on Wednesday.

“It was amazing,” said Stephanie Blevins,United Way’s executive director.

Even though 325 people in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties officially pre-registered to work, nearly 400 showed up and helped with projects for 43 non-profit organizations, Blevins said.

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For example, a group from American Greetings converged on the garden planted by KyADAPT, located behind the community center at Batewood Homes. They weeded, replanted a few herbs and shoveled dirt from a walkway that was going to be poured with concrete around a raised garden bed.

Other volunteers met at Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and did everything from washing windows, to assembling child wagons and hanging wall displays for the students’ artwork to be showcased on.

Many other volunteers gave a “facelift” to the different rooms at Bluebird Market, Blevins said.

Some projects were “super fun,” she said, like the chair volleyball games volunteers held at The Gathering Place Senior Citizens Center.

In addition to the projects at the non-profit organizations, two senior citizens had brand new ramps built at their homes by volunteers, she added.

Everyone who worked received a T-shirt with the logo, “Be inspired. Be engaged. Be United.” Blevins said, “That what this was all about.”