Ashland County United Way plans Day of Caring for Thursday, October 22, 2020
ASHLAND — The COVID-19 pandemic has created many obstacles in 2020, but United Way of Ashland County has worked hard to find a safe way to continue the annual Kay Conrad Day of Caring Set on Thursday, October 22.
Now in its 26th year, the Kay Conrad Day of Caring is a day dedicated to the service of Ashland County residents. This volunteer day meets the needs of Ashland County residents who are unable to complete yard work and winterizing of homes necessary before the start winter.
Volunteer team captains will drive through Ashland University’s Upper Convocation Center parking lot to pick up boxed lunches for their teams and supplies for the day. This year teams will eat lunch together instead as one large group with all attendees.
Also, work on homes will be limited to outside work only and teams are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Team captains will also deliver a boxed lunch to each resident that has a volunteer team working on their home.
Teams have been assigned to two or three homes in Ashland County each and will complete yard work, and small exterior jobs.
Referrals for this program are made primarily through United Way Partner Agencies such as Ashland County Council on Aging, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Associated Charities, Ashland County Cancer Association and others. United Way of Ashland County matches home requests and volunteer teams to provide the services requested by the resident.
The Kay Conrad Day of Caring was the vision of the late Kay Conrad, who felt that volunteerism and service to others is the cornerstone for a strong community.
Volunteer teams this year are comprised of local businesses, partner agencies, clubs and residents.
“We are very excited about our 2020 Day of Caring. This year we have worked incredibly hard to make sure that we are providing a meaningful event for our residents. Over 200 volunteers filling 30 volunteer teams will make a difference to 79 homes across Ashland County. This is an amazing opportunity for our community to come together and make a vast impact to our county in a concentrated period of time. Ashland County has amazing businesses that have made volunteerism a part of their work culture. These businesses not only encourage their staff to participate but have sponsored entire teams for the day to make a difference in Ashland County” said Stacy Schiemann, Executive Director of United Way.
All areas of the county will be reached with teams located in Ashland, West Salem, Loudonville, Perrysville, and Jeromesville.
The United Way of Ashland County would like to thank the following sponsors for making this important day a success. Lunch sponsors for the volunteers include Whitcomb & Hess, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, First Energy Foundation and Park National Bank. Resident lunch sponsors include Mc B Paving, and Packaging Corp of America. The supply sponsor is Bo Lacey.