Day of Caring May 11, 2018

May 10, 2018

Volunteers to take spotlight

Projects have been finalized. Equipment and supplies have been acquired. Food has been arranged. The weather forecast is good. And the kickoff is set.

Volunteers will take the spotlight in Stephens County Friday when workers target 19 projects in the annual Day of Caring, coordinated by the United Way of Stephens County.  Six sites for United Way agencies and 13 other sites from not-for-profit organizations will be the focus of more than 150 volunteers.

“We’re ready to go,” Kristen Arrington, chairman of the county-wide project, said. “Our sites have been selected. We have a strong team of volunteers. Local stores and businesses have provided adequate equipment, tools and supplies. And it looks like the weather will cooperate.  “What more,” she continued, “could we want for a community event that has more than 40 years of a rich and rewarding tradition?”

Registration, a continental breakfast, t-shirt distribution and an official Day of Caring photo will combine to launch the day’s activities on the main floor conference room of Duncan Regional Hospital.   Starting time is 8 a.m.  Project work begins at 9 a.m.  A box lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and noon and work on the projects should be completed by 4 p.m.

Work is scheduled for Camp E Ko Wah of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Charis Pregnancy Center, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Christian Helping Hands, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Chamber of Commerce, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Little Theatre; Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Rock Island 905 Museum, Stephens County Genealogical Society, Stephens County Humane Society, The Toy Shop (two locations), Velma Senior Center, Women’s Haven and the former Youth Services for Stephens County shelter and 7th  Street offices.

“Everyone is eager to get started,” Arrington said. “Dozens and dozens of details have fallen into place and we think this year’s Day of Caring will accomplish a lot.”

Room remains for additional volunteers. Interested persons can call the United Way office at (580) 255-3648 to sign up for a project.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, contact Ed Darling, executive director of the United Way, at (580) 255-3648 or at