From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — The 16th anniversary of the Cumberland Day of Caring and Sharing kicked off at 8 a.m. Friday with an opening ceremony for all volunteers on the Downtown Cumberland Mall.
The Day of Caring and Sharing is a partnership between the United Way of Allegany County, Let’s Beautify Cumberland!, the city and the Garden Club of Cumberland. The volunteer program is aimed at cleaning up certain areas around town and helping to beautify the city as a whole.
Projects this year returned to the original focus of providing volunteer labor to United Way agencies that serve the community with critical services but cannot afford to incur the expense for painting and routine maintenance. More than 385 volunteers from businesses and organizations provided labor and support for 26 projects at agency site locations.
Some beautification projects were able to be accomplished at the downtown mall planters, Liberty Gardens, Constitution Park, Furnace Park and Henderson Avenue with some additional volunteers being available.
Opening ceremonies featured a color guard from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 with an invocation by chaplain Rodger Long, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. A continental breakfast, T-shirts and lunch were all provided by the sponsors of the event, Columbia Gas and CSX Transportation, along with Subway of Frostburg and LaVale. CBIZ employees, led by Jakki Hyatt, organized the opening ceremonies and refreshments.
This year’s T-shirt was designed by Devon M. Devault, a student at the Career Center.