Nearly 300 Participate in United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley ‘Day of Caring’

Photo by Joe Lovell Jessica Rine, associate director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, accepts a $10,000 check Wednesday from Jim Bordas of the Bordas & Bordas law firm in Wheeling.

WHEELING — Some painted, while others performed landscaping work or moved boxes, but about 300 volunteers participated Wednesday during the “Day of Caring” for United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

“We had about 300 volunteers at 28 locations,” Jessica Rine, associate director of the local United Way, said.

For the Day of Caring, the United Way encourages local companies to allow their employees to work for the day at a local nonprofit.

The organization notes the event wasn’t just for companies, however, as individuals and groups were encouraged to come out even if it wasn’t through their workplace.

According to Rine, the generosity flowed through Belmont, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Brooke counties.

Volunteers worked at Boy Scouts of America camps, as well as the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center and Laughlin Chapel in East Wheeling.

Rine said the day serves as the official kickoff to the United Way’s 2017-18 fundraising year. The organization raised about $800,000 for the 2016-17 season, but does not have a specific dollar goal in mind for this year, she said.

“This year, our goal is to help the community. It’s not about a specific fundraising goal,” Rine said.

Jim Bordas of the Bordas & Bordas law firm in Wheeling kicked off the Day of Caring by presenting Rine with a check for $10,000 for the United Way.

Rine said United Way focuses on three main objectives: health, education and financial stability.

She said this year, instead of simply giving money to an organization, the funding will go toward furthering one of these specific goals.

United Way is also still collecting funds to assist in the relief effort after the flash flooding of July 23 and July 28.

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