United Way, hospital to hold Day of Caring

The United Way of Leflore County and Greenwood Leflore Hospital will hold a joint Day of Caring on Feb. 9.

Volunteers from the United Way and the hospital will work together to help fill specific needs and improvements at several local non-profits.

“United Way is excited about the partnership with Greenwood Leflore Hospital, as both of our organizations strive to improve our community,” said Courtney Kimmel, executive director of the United Way of Leflore County. “Together we believe we can help make a difference at these non-profits by making needed repairs and improvements.”

All 13 United Way agencies were given the opportunity to request assistance with projects for the Day of Caring. Those that had immediate, feasible needs are: ArtPlace Mississippi, overall clean up and freshen up at building; Beacon Harbor, paint the kitchen in house No. 3; Boys & Girls Club, remove and replace flooring throughout the building; Fuller Center, repairs on housing; The Salvation Army, repairs to church on Stone Street; Community Food Pantry, clean floors and carpet.

“We are extremely excited about partnering with the United Way to make a difference in our community, because we know alone we can do so little but together we can do so much more,” said Key Britt, vice president of Administrative Services at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

The United Way and Greenwood Leflore Hospital encourage anyone who wants to volunteer to help work or donate supplies to contact Kimmel at the United Way at uwoflc@yahoo.com or at 453-1910.

About 35 people have already signed up to volunteer but more are needed.

Volunteers will gather at the Community Kitchen next Saturday morning at 8:30 am. for breakfast and assignments and will go off to work at 9 a.m.

Anyone who can volunteer for an hour or two is welcome to help. A free lunch will be provided to volunteers at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Kitchen.

Kimmel said depending on how many volunteers participate, the Day of Caring should be completed by early afternoon.

“The United Way and Greenwood Leflore Hospital are grateful to all of our community businesses that donated supplies for our Day of Caring,” said Kimmel. “Thank you to Magnolia Home Center, Sherwin Williams, Home-Front, Barnes Janitorial and Upchurch Rental. This day would not have been possible without their generosity. We also would like to thank Honest Abe’s Donuts for starting off with breakfast and the Community Kitchen for pro-viding lunch. We are certain they will give us all the energy we need to complete our tasks.”

The United Way agencies include ArtPlace Mississippi, Beacon Harbor, Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club Greenwood Unit and MVSU Unit, Community Food Pantry, Delta Grace, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Community Kitchen, Fuller Center for Housing, Leflore County 4-H Clubs, Leflore County Humane Society and The Salvation Army.