Oct. 30, 2003 – Upwards of a hundred people will be volunteering their services to help spiff up the Charlotte Amalie High School campus on Nov. 8 as the United Way of St. Thomas-St. John hosts its annual Day of Caring.
The annual event is a community-wide effort to let people see for themselves, through their own contributions, how a little caring can create significant change, Cornel Williams, United Way board president, said.
The idea is to "celebrate the spirit of community service," according to a United Way release.
This will be the territory's 6th annual Day of Caring. The event came about as a means to link volunteers with group project opportunities. Last year, more than 125 individuals helped to paint, landscape and construct benches at Roy L. Schneider Hospital. This year, more than 100 already are signed up to work from 8 a.m. to around 1 p.m. to improve and beautify the CAHS buildings and grounds.
Some participants will be painting hallways, steps, benches and other designated areas. Others will be cutting grass, weeding and carting away discarded furniture and other trash. Yet others will rebuild and then paint a concrete block wall. Some will be doing landscaping work, including replanting the "CAHS" letters at the school entrance.
CAHS Principal Jeanette Smith-Barry issued a call for high school "alumni, especially this year's reunion classes, parents and community supporters" to come out on Saturday and join in the effort.
United Way is partnering with local businesses and organizations to secure the materials needed to carry out the project. More volunteers are welcome, according to Thyra Hammond, executive director. To learn more, call the United Way office at 774-3185.
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