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Volunteers Lend Helping Hand on United Way’s Day of Caring

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Melissa Zaninelli, left, and Sam Suhodoloski, both Cardinal Operating Co. employees, work on making new signs for the Family Service Upper Ohio Valley parking lot during the United Way Upper Ohio Valley’s Day of Caring on Wednesday morning.

WHEELING – More than 100 volunteers donated their time to clean, paint and do other odd jobs at 25 different local nonprofit organizations Wednesday during the annual United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley’s Sandy O’Haver Day of Caring.

Jessica Rine, executive director of United Way Upper Ohio Valley, said the Day of Caring is the agency’s way of kicking off its annual fundraising campaign.

“This year’s theme is, ‘Raised Here, Stays Here’ to make sure people fully understand that when they give to our local United Way the money stays here locally,” she said.

Rine said the Sandy O’Haver Day of Caring allows people to give their time if they are not able to donate money.

“Your time is the most valuable thing you have,” Rine said. “If you can’t donate financially to nonproft organizations in the area, you can still volunteer. That’s as big of a platform for us as the fundraising side.”

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Nick Sparachane, left, and Ryan Rotilio, both Main Street Bank employees, prepare a hallway for painting at Wheeling Health Right during the United Way Upper Ohio Valley’s Day of Caring on Wednesday morning.

At Family Service Upper Ohio Valley, an organization that serves local senior citizens, volunteers from Cardinal Operating Co. were busy making new signs for the parking lot, installing a new door and weatherproofing around it, and putting together new cabinetry.

For Paula Calvert, CEO of Family Service Upper Ohio Valley, the help received this year and every year from the volunteers is invaluable.

“This is a wonderful day for nonprofits to get some help on some projects they may have been putting off because of either lack of labor or a lack of skill,” she said. “This is amazing the impact these community partners make on nonprofits.”

Cardinal Operating Co., which is the electric power plant in Brilliant, had its workers volunteer at Family Service.

Calvert said Family Service has been in its current location, 2200 Main St., the former Goodwill storefront, for about five years after moving from the old HRC building.

“These are projects that at the time we were not able to afford. Now we’re able to afford these projects, but we didn’t have the labor to do it. The ability to save on labor and have quality projects is something that can’t be measured,” Calvert said.

Melissa Sadlowski, Cardinal Operating employee, said workers with her company have volunteered for the Day of Caring for the past 10 years.

“We have electrical guys, maintenance guys, carpenters who can do just about anything,” Sadlowski said. “We just enjoy coming out and helping non-profits. They enjoy taking the day and doing something like this.”

At Wheeling Health Right, volunteers helped the medical clinic’s workers clean windows, wash walls, paint and even trim some trees in the parking lot.

Dee Phillips, assistant director of Wheeling Health Right, said the 20-plus volunteers from Main Street Bank, Unified Bank and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, were doing many of the projects the clinic’s workers typically don’t have time to do year-round.

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Cardinal Operating Company employees pause during their volunteer work at Family Service Upper Ohio Valley on Wednesday that included making new parking lot signs, door installations and building cabinetry. Front row, from left, are Joe O’Berle, Sam Suhodoloski, Melissa Zaninelli, Chuck Sapp, Melissa Sadlowski and Family Service Upper Ohio Valley CEO Paula Calvert. In the back row are, from left, Dave Hill and Darrell Boley.

“We get the windows done once a year and this is how we do it,” Phillips said. “We try to do as much as we can in one day, squeezing it all in. We always make sure we have a great lunch for them working so hard. … It’s a fabulous day for us. We get so much done.”

Phillips said she wanted to thank all the volunteers and all the businesses who sent their employees.
Anne Ricci, marketing director for Wheeling Health Right, said she wanted to thank the United Way Upper Ohio Valley, too.

“They are wonderful,” she said.

Volunteer Ryan Herron, who works at Main Street Bank, was busy helping his fellow volunteer Tom Kudla, who works at American Electric Power, trim and haul away tree branches outside Wheeling Health Right. Herron said he has volunteered for the past five during the Day of Caring with three of those years at Wheeling Health Right.

“It’s awesome working for Main Street Bank. They allow us to come out here and do some work in the community,” Herron said. “It’s awesome to get out of the office and help a nice organization like this.”

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Tim Florence, a Main Street Bank employee, puts up painter’s tape before starting painting work at Wheeling Health Right on Wednesday during the United Way Upper Ohio Valley’s Day of Caring.

Kudla said he, too, enjoys volunteering during the Day of Caring, adding it also breaks up one’s typical daily work routine.

In addition to Family Service Upper Ohio Valley and Wheeling Health Right, others organizations that benefited from the Day of Caring included: American Red Cross in Wheeling, Appalachian Outreach, Barnesville Theater, Bethlehem Apostolic Temple’s North Wheeling Community Center, Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, Brooke County Public Library, CASA for Children, Catholic Charities 18th Street Center, Cockayne Farmstead, Crittenton Services, Gabriel Project, Girls Scouts Black Diamond Council, Helping Heroes, Harmony House, Holy Family Child Care Center, King’s Daughter, Marshall County History Museum, NAMI Greater Wheeling, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation, Salvation Army of Belmont County, Seeing Hand Association, Sexual Assault Help Center of New Martinsville, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Tri-County Help Center, Youth Services System, YWCA of Benwood and YWCA of New Martinsville.

In addition to Cardinal Operating and Main Street Bank, businesses that provided volunteers included: Belmont Savings Bank, WesBanco, Ohio County Clerk’s Office, Kalkreuth, WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital, Ohio County Public Library, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Williams Company, West Virginia Northern Community College, United Bank, Cabela’s, Wheeling Nailers, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WTRF, MOS Office Systems, Covestro, Ruiz Insurance, Valley Hospice, Jarvis Law, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, American Electric Power and Direct Online Marketing. Two representatives from Sen. Joe Manchin’s office also volunteered, along with a few individuals from the community.

Melissa Zaninelli, left, and Sam Suhodoloski, both Cardinal Operating Co. employees, work on making new signs for the Family Service Upper Ohio Valley parking lot during the United Way Upper Ohio Valley’s Day of Caring on Wednesday morning.

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