Over 600 volunteers from over a dozen organizations came together in Topeka Friday for the 15th annual Day of Caring event. Volunteers headed off to school, churches, trails and local businesses taking time out of their day to make others better.
Workers from the Juvenile Justice Association worked hard bright at early with a cool breeze blowing at Sheldon Child Development Center on Seabrook street. The dozen volunteers planted rose bushes, trimmed trees, cleaned up the weeds along the fence and painted the terribly deteriorating paint on the playground equipment. Kids were taken our by teachers in groups to see what was going on with their playground, excited to see all the changes.
“Were trimming down some trees, cleaning up weeds and doing some weed eating, also painting the playground equipment,” Cindy Hoover a volunteer with the Juvenile Justice Association said.
Volunteers also made similar updates to Parkdale Preschool, Linn Elementary, and Randolph Elementary schools.
In addition volunteers from Payless Shoe Source worked hard at KVC Behavioral HealthCare Center off Burlingame. Those volunteers painted five waiting rooms with chalkboard paint so they can draw while waiting and during therapy sessions.
Some unique services also available Friday. Target installed smoke detectors in homes, Hills installed learning signs along the Shunganunga Trail, and the Secretary of State provided training on time management and how to use Excel to those at Catholic Community Services.
“It’s fun to come out with my co-workers and plan a fun project that’s creative and knowing that there are kids out there that will be able to enjoy it,” Alison Alfonsi a volunteer with Payless said.
The message from volunteers was all the same an excitement about being out able to help the community they live in while also getting a little bit of time out of the office.
“It’s awesome! It’s a great cause and I feel we’re doing a great thing for the community and just having a lot of fun today,” Brandon Reddell a volunteer with the JJA said.
Some other companies taking part in the 2007 annual day of caring rally were, the State of Kansas, Capital Federal, Hills, Hallmark, Horizon Milling, Kansas Housing Resources & Legal Services, MB Piland Group, Prairie Band Casino, and Stormont Vail.