Dozens of volunteers from businesses across Pine Bluff participated in the United Way of Southeast Arkansas’ Day of Caring event Thursday. The annual event kicks off the agency’s fund raising campaign. More than 200 volunteers painted, powerwashed, removed graffiti, along with a host of other laborious tasks to help out the agencies who are partnered with United Way.


“Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers from companies and businesses, civic groups, churches, families and individuals to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a day of meaningful volunteer opportunities to service providers in the community,” according to United Way’s website.


“Volunteers are assigned to a local United Way Partner Agency where they will tackle volunteer projects. No matter what your interests or skills, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Some projects may include painting a room, cleaning out a flower bed, or sorting canned food, serving food or participating in after school activities.


Leslie Dorn, director of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, said, “We doubled the number of volunteers from last year with a little over 200 participating. Thirteen United Way Partner agencies benefited from the volunteer work. They removed graffiti from the outside of the Salvation Army Thrift Store, painted at Jenkins Industries and Neighbor to Neighbor, helped serve lunch to the seniors with Area Agency on Aging, read to school children about bullying and talked about being kind to one another.


“They organized the Red Cross warehouse, helped in a food drive, grilled lunch for hungry in our community, helped 4-H with Yoga classes at an elementary school. And other meaningful projects. I’m proud to be from such a caring, giving community.”


The full list of United Way partner agencies includes: ACCESS, Inc., American Cancer Society Mid-Southern Division, Arkansas, American Red Cross, The Area Agency on Aging, Arkansas Foodbank Network, The Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council, The CASA Women’s Shelter, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, Jefferson County 4H, Jenkins Memorial Center, Jenkins Industries, Medical Aid , Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Southeast Arkansas RSVP, The Salvation Army, Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, Voices for Children/ Court Appointed Special Advocates, Volunteers in Public Schools, YouthPartners, Inc.