On May 30, Estevan locals and businesses got together and lent a helping hand.
United Way Estevan's Day of Caring took place last Wednesday and included about 100 volunteers taking on 20 projects across the community. The projects were both big and small and had volunteers covering member agency institutions like the Estevan Regional Nursing Home and Creighton Lodge, as well as individual residences.
It was Estevan's fifth annual Day of Caring, and Roberta DeRosier, United Way Estevan's president, noted the inclusion of the schools for the first year went well. She said students attended Hill View Manor in the morning and lit up the faces of the residents there throughout the fun visit.
Other volunteers spent their time doing yard work, fixing up gardens at several locations, as well as giving a fresh paint job to a number of items at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home.
During the community lunch at the Alliance Church, DeRosier honoured Michael Pho's family. Pho was a long-time supporter of the United Way and the Day of Caring who died recently. She presented a rake to his wife Michelle and mother Lorraine.
DeRosier also said she was pleased to see some long-distance volunteers, as Red Cross members from Moose Jaw and Weyburn came down for the day to add their care to the local volunteer cause.
The United Way reminds those who weren't able to participate in the Day of Caring, but were able to complete a project, like helping a neighbour after work, to let them know, so they can register the activity for the local branch. Those who would like to may e-mail executivedirec...@unitedwayofestevan.com