Community gives back at Day of Caring

Volunteers filled the community Wednesday for the United Way Day of Caring.

Starting at 8 a.m., 150 volunteers from different groups around the community helped 12 non-profit organizations.

Chris Thompson, from Marshalltown Community College, volunteered at Iowa River Hospice. Thompson was one of 100 MCC students volunteering for part of a business class.

“I think coming out here for my class is great, but coming out here for volunteering is even better,” Thompson said. “This is my first time volunteering so it’s kind of different, but I do like it, especially coming to Hospice and just helping out people.”

Jacob Jenkins from Fisher Controls, volunteered at the Marshalltown Public Library. Jenkins was helping with the library’s prairie.

“I really enjoy giving back,” Jenkins said. “It’s a chance to get out of the office and be outside and do some fun work and do something different. Getting to volunteer is nice.”

Nancy Steveson, executive director of Marshalltown Area United Way, said the Day of Caring has been held every September for at least eight years.

“It’s an opportunity for volunteers to help an agency get some projects completed that they don’t have the time or staff to get it done,” Steveson said. “It’s a good opportunity and we are grateful for the volunteers.”

The volunteers were from MCC, Emerson, Lennox, Consumer’s Energy, Alliant Energy, United Bank and the McFarland Clinic.

Other non-profits the volunteers helped were Primary Health Care, Central Iowa Art Association (CIAA), Fisher Community Center, Salvation Army, Animal Rescue League, Senior Citizens Center, Central Iowa RSVP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mid Iowa Workshops and Youth & Shelter Services.