Day of Caring returns after 2-year hiatus
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (WJER) (April 29, 2022) – Volunteers from 22 businesses and organizations spent the morning giving back during the return of The United Way of Tuscarawas County’s Day of Caring communitywide service project.
Over 120 helpers performed various tasks throughout the community including at Historic Schoenbrunn Village in preparation for next week’s anniversary celebration. The site is owned by the Ohio History Connection and managed by the Dennison Depot, whose director was grateful for the assistance, which she says would
“We’re thrilled to death to have Day of Caring back. I believe there are 23 people here, and they are doing a wide range of activities from gardening to setting up tables to helping clean up the grounds to setting up all the chairs and the tents and the things going on May 3rd for our 250th celebration, and it could not have come at a better time.”
Dawn Butler of the Commercial and Savings Bank and Bonnie Schrock from Andreas Furniture were part of another group landscaping the grounds of the Reeves Museum in Dover. They helped pack bags for the Blessings in Backpack program during the last Day of Caring in 2019.
“This is just awesome that we do this for the community. I love doing it. I know you love doing it, and your group loves doing it. Every year, we look forward to it.”
Reeves Museum Director Shelagh Pruni welcomed the help, since preparing the grounds for opening day is quite the task.
“Today is a huge help. They are here helping us get our gardens cleaned up, doing all of our spring cleaning, getting all of the icky stuff out of there and getting it looking nice for the rest of the summer.”
Volunteers on Friday also cleaned the Depot’s Polar Express train cars, applied a fresh coat of paint to the Newcomerstown Pool, and helped Ohio Guidestone and the Salvation Army with their spring cleaning.