PREBLE COUNTY — Volunteers from across Preble County came together on Friday, June 23, to make a difference and help out in different ways as part of the United Way’s annual Day of Action.
The event wasn’t just in Preble County, as more than 30,000 people in over 400 communities around the world volunteered with United Way on Day on Action to make their community stronger.
According to Alexa Joyce, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Director for Preble County, the Day of Action is an annual day of volunteerism “mobilizing hundreds of local volunteers to complete community service projects throughout Preble, Greene, and Montgomery Counties.”
She added, “While each United Way creates meaningful activities centered on specific challenges in their communities, this year’s national focus is on summer learning and nutrition. Volunteers of all ages will come together to create positive change.”
“People around the world want to get involved and help strengthen their communities,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “Day of Action is a tremendous opportunity to harness their spirit and make our communities better places to live and work.”
While the rain did affect Preble County’s Day of Action, it did not stop the day of volunteerism. This year there were volunteers from TimkenSteel painting the diner and kitchen at the Preble County Council on Aging. There was also a volunteer from Bullen Ultrasonics at the Bistro at Eagles Point.
The volunteers worked all day on their projects, until 4 p.m. or until they finished their projects, whichever came first.
Originally, there was going to be a group from Henny Penny working on outdoor projects at the homeless shelter, however, the rain was so bad the project had to be postponed. While they couldn’t do they work they planned to, Henny Penny did donate a box of personal items to the shelter.
The volunteers weren’t the only ones who helped out at the Day of Action, as Daylight Donuts donated donuts to keep the volunteers moving throughout the day.
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