Community Action Day Sees Record Number of Volunteers

A total of 700 volunteers stepped up Wednesday to assist in various tasks ranging from yard work to laundry as part of the 15th annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day coordinated by Ohio Christian University and United Way.

According to Anastasia Beavers, Community Relations and Small Group Coordinator for Student Development at OCU, the volunteers included OCU students and faculty members along with 130 high school students from Pickaway County.

There were 70 sites and various projects for volunteers to lend a hand. Beavers said this is the largest group of both volunteers and projects the event has seen to date, and she credits the growth of volunteers to better work sites and the public noticing the impact.

"Every year people see good work continuing, and when they see a good thing happening they want to jump on," Beavers said.

Beavers said duties included everything from picking up sticks, laying mulch, general yard work, picking up trash, power washing, painting and laundry. There were 10 to 15 bags of trash picked up around Hargus Lake alone, she said.

"There was a lot of work done for the elderly, veterans and cancer patients who need the extra help," she said.

Beavers said any organization or individual in need was able to call to get assistance as long as it was for a nonprofit organization.

The volunteers worked in a 30-mile radius around Pickaway County at residential homes, parks and churches. Volunteers started about 10 a.m. and finished their projects about 2 p.m.

"It is really exciting for the community to know they can get support," said Beavers. "It is exciting to know that so many volunteers serve beyond themselves, and it is refreshing."

Picture: From left, Marissa Tackett, Samantha Bussey and Kelli Manning, students at OCU, paint a fire hydrant on Cedar Heights Road during Community Action Day. Photo by Nancy Radcliff of the Circleville Herald.

Originally posted by the Circleville Herald on March 16, 2014 

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