Volunteers chip in for Day of Caring

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds of volunteers fanned out around Topeka for the United Way's Nancy Perry Day of Caring.

Around 40 volunteers with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas were among more than 1,000 people who took part Friday in the annual effort pairing volunteers with local nonprofits.

The BCBS group spent the day at Deer Creek Community Center, digging post holes, painting artwork, and doing landscaping near the Born Learning Trail.

BCBS funded and built the trail with their United Way campaign last year, and they consider this beautification project as finishing the job.

"It's a beautiful day, but it is a warm day and a very sunny day and so from the concept of the Born Learning Trail, to seeing it completed is just really great," said Jenalea Randall with BCBS.

Forest Park, the YWCA, and the Topeka Zoo were among other places getting help Friday. The United Way estimates volunteers gave more than $90,000 worth of service to local nonprofits in this one single day.