Volunteers help organizations during Day of Caring
SEBRING Eleanor Robinson probably had more fun things to do Wednesday morning than doing cleaning and scrubbing in a kitchen at the Children’s Home Society, but she was anything but unhappy after working for several hours. “It’s a help (to the society) and it does your heart good,” said Robinson, who was one of more than a dozen volunteers from Reflections, a 55-plus community in Avon Park. They joined about 350 people from businesses, Highlands County communities and organizations participating in the United Way’s Day of Caring. Kristen Handley, Highlands County area director for the United Way of Central Florida, said United Way has organized the event for at least 15 years to help various organizations that help people in the community.Some of the projects included employees at the Highlands County Clerk of Court reorganizing displays and folding clothes at the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store, employees from Highlands Independent Bank painting the inside of a camp classroom at Children’s Museum, employees from Alan Jay Automotive Network painting a yellow house at Highlands Art League, employees from Publix assisting with activities at the Ridge Area ARC and Highlands County deputies doing weed clearing along the fence line and horse bathing at the Heartland Horses and Handicapped. At the Highlands County Humane Society, employees of Glades Electric Cooperative pressure cleaned the outside of a building and cleared a path for walking dogs. “I think it’s great,” said Jon Draper, an engineer at the cooperative. “It’s an opportunity to give back to the community.” Volunteers working at Children’s Home Society voiced similar sentiments about wanting to help others. Carmen Barone, a supervisor at the Society, said she greatly appreciated the work done by volunteers from Reflections. Not only did they clean the kitchen, but they trimmed trees and got the branches removed. “It really has helped us out tremendously,” she said.