DOC 2015 Sets Records—Again!
Chilly but clear weather welcomed the crowd for this year's annual Day of Caring, ably coordinated by Mr. Alan Wimer, Mr. Arnold Williams, Sr., and new volunteer Mr. Mark Bower. And crowd it was! When the smoke cleared, more than 160 volunteers reported to complete 31 projects, more than ever before in this United Way signature event.
Groups of volunteers from all over came in droves to help, while this year our regular volunteers were joined by a great group of skilled tradesmen and -women: builders, electricians, plumbers. All were represented for the 2015 DOC.
As a result, lots of different projects were completed. Everything from our standard trash-hauling—one job was quite a challenge, with two huge trucks taking turns dumping—to yard-cleaning and flower-planting, to some very tough jobs. Two local families now have running hot water after not having any water for several months.
Lots and lots of teams came out, and with that in mind there has to be a special shout-out to our local students. Students from the Interact Club of Warren County High, Key Club members, and National Honor Society members all came out in huge numbers to help their community. And for a second year in a row, the trades classes at Blue Ridge Technical Center joined our skilled craftsmen and made their jobs easier!
At the end of the day, volunteers came together to share DOC stories and to salute the 2015 Elizabeth B. Sherman award winner—Mr. George Rutter. Our annual dinner and awards featured George, who was named this year's EBS award for his heavy involvement in almost anything that smacks of voluntarism.
Called "a professional volunteer" by his lovely wife, Rev. Deborah Rutter, George spoke briefly about his activities but finished with, "There are lots better folks you could have chosen for this award." We don't think so, George.
While this year's activity is over it won't be long before we begin to plan for 2016, so put Friday, April 29, 2016 on your calendar now!