Cumberland Times-News

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May 6, 2014

Let’s pitch in

Day of Caring and Sharing set May 9

Organizers anticipate that about 350 volunteers will come out May 9 to work on 37 projects for the 17th renewal of the County United Way project that began as an effort to beautify and clean up certain areas of Cumberland, but which now has spread elsewhere in Allegany County.

Don’t be surprised if the volunteer turnout exceeds expectations. Last year’s Day of Caring and Sharing drew more than 385 people from businesses and organizations, plus individuals, who worked on 26 locations identified by United Way agencies.

The United Way will join forces with other organizations for the day-long cleanup sponsored by Columbia Gas and CSX Transportation.

Among other things, they will be pulling weeds, planting flowers, mulching, pruning, painting, posting signs, installing railings and building ramps.

The aim is to help United Way agencies with maintenance and upkeep they cannot afford to pay for.

Project sites will include 17 nonprofit agency locations, landscape and garden areas, plus parklets at George Washington’s Headquarters, Johnson Street and Constitution Park.

Refreshments and doughnuts will be provided when the event kicks off at 8 a.m. on the downtown mall with the assistance of the color guard from Cumberland Chapter 172 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Lunch will be delivered to volunteers at the various work sites.

A celebration to conclude the day’s work will be held at 5 p.m. at Windsor Castle, with entertainment by the Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra and the Chinese Bandits, and it is open to the public.

Donations will be collected for the United Way. (To learn how to make a donation, visit www.cuw.org.)

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this or other beautification projects can call 301-268-2135 to learn more.

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