Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers take part in Day of Car­ing

North Penn Life - - OPINION - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Re­gard­less of their skill set, vol­un­teers had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate Sept. 13 in the North Penn United Way’s Day of Car­ing, ac­cord­ing to vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor Theresa Schwartzer.

“From mail­ings to paint­ing, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she said.

Ap­prox­i­mately 325 vol­un­teers from 12 com­pa­nies in the North Penn and In­dian Val­ley re­gions were given the day off to “help make this community a bet­ter place,” ac­cord­ing to Stephanie Si­mon, the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the North Penn United Way.

Si­mon said the agency ap­proached re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions, day care cen­ters and parks and re­cre­ation de­part- PHnWV WR finG RuW wKDW SURMects they had that needed some as­sis­tance.

Work­ing with a pool of vol­un­teers from Cle­mens Food Group, Canon Cap­i­tal, First Ni­a­gara, Univest Bank & Trust Co., Har­leysville In­sur­ance, Cob­ham, Merck & Co. Inc., Na­tional Penn Bank, Simco Ion, the North Penn School Dis­trict, ITW Poly­mer Tech­nolo­gies and Detweiler Her­shey, Schwartzer matched them with each project.

The projects in­cluded help­ing the Penn Foun­da­tion move into its new build­ing at 807 Lawn Ave. in Sellersville; out­side main­te­nance at the Har­leysville Learn­ing Cen­ter at 186 Main St. in Lower Sal­ford; power wash­ing, sand­ing, stain­ing and fence paint­ing at the Fam­ily & Friends Day­care at 1400 N. Line St. in Hat­fiHlG 7RwnVKLS; DnG RuW­side clean-up for Project Hearth at Neshaminy Falls in Mont­gomery Town­ship, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Si­mon.

“7KH KDUG SDUW wDV finGing enough projects for all the vol­un­teers we had,” said Schwartzer, the vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources at Univest.

She said 100 bank em­ploy­ees were given the day off to com­plete a mul­ti­tude of tasks, in­clud­ing spruc­ing up the Perkiomen Trail in Green Lane and work­ing at the Lau­rel House Thrift Store in Lans­dale.

Ac­cord­ing to Schwartzer, 61 vol­un­teers — in­clud­ing 33 from Univest, along with 20 from First Ni­a­gara and 13 from Cob­ham — cleaned and pruned a seg­ment of the trail while paint­ing cor­re­spond­ing mile mark­ers.

“We are thrilled to have 100 em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Schwartzer said. “They are our great­est as­set. They are a huge rea­son why we are suc­cess­ful.”

Six­teen em­ploy­ees, and one child from ITW Poly­mer Tech­nolo­gies — in­Mont­gomery Town­ship — par­tic­i­pated in two projects, ac­cord­ing to Tim Wet­zel, the com­pany’s hu­man re­sources man­ager.

He said seven of them spent the morn­ing do­ing gen­eral cleanup at the In- dian Val­ley Boys & Girls Club in Soud­er­ton and that the re­main­ing nine did front-step re­pairs, a ramp in­stal­la­tion and out­side cleanup in the af­ter­noon at a res­i­dence at a home in Lans­dale.

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Vol­un­teers Hans We­ber, left, and Josh Vardi­gan re­pair play­ground equip­ment at Fam­ily and Friends Day­care in Hat­field Town­ship.

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