Hundreds of volunteers take part in Day of Caring
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.
Volunteers Hans Weber, left, and Josh Vardigan repair playground equipment at Family and Friends Daycare in Hatfield Township.