Volunteers needed to lend a hand

Local non-profits are asking for help. Anything from landscaping to building a horse shoe pit, volunteers are needed around the county. With the help of Catawba County United Way and Duke Power, Days of Caring helps build community effort through volunteer work. For more than 10 years the program enlists projects with local non-profits to help better their cause. From painting to planting, volunteers learn the meaning of hard work as they help organizations.

“The purpose of the projects is to give volunteers a chance to make a difference in our community,” said Volunteer Center Director Cheryl Abee. “Without the volunteers the work would probably be neglected due to a lack of manpower and funds.”

The three-day event is sponsored by Duke Energy, and Abee said with the power company’s help the projects can be recognized. Money given to United Way through the sponsorship helps buy signage for the projects and helps provide supplies for projects when the organization that can’t afford them. The supplies could be anything from paint brushes to cleaning supplies.

To read more of this story, pick up the print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.