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DAY OF CARING: United Way reaches out to serve Whitley County

September 18, 2013

A group from South Whitley Laundromat volunteered as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Numerous groups spent the day working at various nonprofit locations throughout the county as a way to give back. The Day of Caring project is the official start of the United Way’s 2014 fundraising campaign. Pictured, from left, are Andy Bills, Charles Rebman, Al Gaff, Ada Rebman and Kent Coble. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley County’s Day of Caring Tuesday.

Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.

“This is about helping people,” Baker said. “It’s why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.”

Whitley County’s Day of Caring came to fruition 10 years ago. The concept of giving back to communities was already in existence in neighboring counties when Star Financial Bank Market President David Smith thought to bring the day to Whitley County.

He asked fellow Leadership Whitley County classmates, a group devoted to rising up community leaders, if the day could be implemented here in Whitley County.

“This is a great day for us to give back to the community,” Baker said. “After so many have given dollars to our campaign, this is our chance to return the favor and show our appreciation.”

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