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UCPS staffers offer helping hands during Day of Caring

Union County resident Edith Simpson, at right, talks with Dana Crosson, director of secondary education, and Carolyn White, director of student services. Crosson and White were among about 10 UCPS Central Services administrators who recently worked with United Way’s Day of Caring to help area residents in need of assistance.

The Union County Public Schools has been involved in the United Way’s Day of Caring for about eight years, sharing their time and talents to help Union County residents who are in need of assistance.
            This year, about 10 UCPS Central Services administrators joined the hundreds of Union County residents who volunteered their weekend to clean gutters, paint, install railing, clean up shrubbery, or do minor repairs at homes of those who were unable to do those tasks themselves.
            â€œThe United Way Day of Caring is an important event in Union County because it represents the spirit of giving to others in our community,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. “Many of us generously give of our money through financial contributions to the local United Way campaign, but the Day of Caring goes a step further with volunteers giving of their time.”
            Davis said participation in this special day helps one appreciate just how many caring people there are in Union County, who are willing to lend a hand to their neighbors in need.
            â€œThe appreciation of those who we lend this hand to is worth so much in terms of really connecting us to our fellow citizens and this cannot be accomplished by merely filling out a pledge card, which is so very important, but is not quite like being there in the moment,” Davis said. “What a great way to kick off each year’s United Way campaign and underscore the needs of our community and the collective power and goodness of those who give of their time and money to meet those needs.”
            Those individuals who are being helped are only a part of the equation. “The people that you help are always so appreciative; but honestly, I think we probably get as much, if not more, out of it than they do because we’re able to help somebody else,” said Carolyn White, director of student services. “That’s probably one of the most important things in life – feeling that you can give something back.  If you’re able, you give something back.”
            UCPS staffers to participate in the 2009 Day of Caring included UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, Deputy Superintendents Dr. David Clarke and Dr. Mary Ellis, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson, Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram, Director of Student Services Carolyn White, Director of Secondary Education Dana Crosson, Director of Middle School Education Dr. John Jones and Director of the Exceptional Children’s Program Dr. Nancy Turner.

Written by: Deb Bledsoe
Posted: Sep 03, 2009 by Don Mace

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