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Day of Caring

Last week, West Virginia Junior College students and staff got “down and dirty” for the 2013 United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties’ Day of Caring.

Each year, United Way hosts a Day of Caring where local United Way agencies submit much-needed projects.  Community volunteers are assigned to complete specific projects based on the agency needs.

This year, 200 volunteers helped local agencies paint, plant flowers and organize, among other things.

West Virginia Junior College sponsored the pizza for the kick-off event and also provided a handful of volunteers. The WVJC volunteers visited Caritas House, Inc., North-Central West Virginia’s only AIDS service organization.

Two students, Jeff Rowan, a business major graduating in June 2013, and Keisha Skupien, a medical assisting major who is serving as student body president, represented the student body.

“I loved it. It was awesome. It felt nice to help people,” Skupien said.  “I believe it’s important to get our student body involved, and I think if we can show them that we can help out and have fun at the same time, maybe they will want to have fun with us. And it will look good on their resumes.”

High School Admissions Counselor Jessica Nuckles and Career Management Director Holly Hildreth also mulched, pulled weeds and “manned” the drill.

“It feels great to be out in the community making a difference,” Hildreth said.

The United Way will be represented at the 2013 WVJC Morgantown Career Fair, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the “Volunteer Corner”.

Students who are interested in volunteering may contact Kevin Hanks at volunteer@teamunitedway.org.