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Annual "Day of Caring" a success

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The 3rd Annual Day of Caring was a great success! Over 650 community members came together to complete 42 projects. Accumulated volunteer hours for just this one Saturday was over 2,600. Day of Caring is always an inspiring day showing the impact a group can have on a community and residents.

Projects varied from several individual homes, to entire streets and lots being cleaned up. Students and teachers from Carbon High School spent the day at the People's Garden harvesting, weeding, and planting annual fruit trees. The USU Eastern boys basketball team spent their time picking up abandoned debris left in a local wash used for a shooting range.

The OHV Club and friends filled two big City Sanitation Dumpsters in one hour clearing trash dumped on Wood Hill, that project continued as personal trailers and trucks were used to haul off garbage and dumped furniture out of the area.

Several other clean-up projects were done throughout the community including the 100 North overpass, Westwood Blvd, Carbon Ave., and the Boys and Girls Club. This annual event would not be possible without the generosity of local businesses and organizations including: Fresh Market, Castleview Hospital, Mountain America Credit Union, ETV, Peterson Chemical, Helper Stake, Cold Stone Creamery, City Sanitation, Price City, Helper City, Sutherlands, County Roads Department, Price Chapel Men's Group, C&E Custom Tees, Bookcliff Sales, Praxair, and Carbon County Senior Center. Thank you to a wonderful serving community who made a notable impact during Day of Caring 2013.

The United Way of Eastern Utah has been located in Price for 31 years, serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties. This includes 37 municipalities with a population of 108,604 and containing 25,850 square miles. In today's challenging economic climate our work is more important than ever.

United Way of Eastern Utah mission is to improve lives in Eastern Utah by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our focus is education, income, and heath. We are working, One, see that every child enters school ready to learn and finish high school prepared to succeed in college, work and life. Two, creating support for families and individuals to have enough income to provide stability and ensure that our community's most basic needs are met. Three, we are working to ensure the promotion of health and safety as well as access to affordable health care for all individuals in the community. Our goal is to create measurable and sustainable changes that meet current and emerging needs within the community.

Many of our communities have an increased need for services while noting a decrease in annual giving as sited in a recent Associated Press article stating donations across the United States are realizing the worst decline in twenty years. The funds which are raised locally stay local; the majority of our administrative and overhead expenditures are met by our Cornerstone Partners which are; Basso GM, Questar, Bill Barrett Corp. Pinnacle Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, XTO Energy, Rocky Mountain Power, Fresh Market, Castleview Hospital, SOS Employment Group, Arch Coal Inc., Caterpillar, Golden West, Pierce Oil, Key Bank and ServiceMaster. Cornerstone Partnership's like these are imperative to the foundation of your local United Way's operation and can't be thanked enough. Our partner agencies are: Active Reentry, Rocky Mountain Home Care, Sun Center, Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County, Community Rebuilds, Area of Aging, Friends of the PACT in Green River, Foster Grandparents, S.E. Early Intervention and WabiSabi.

We are working with our community investors and grant recipients to improve our community. We can never say thank you enough, but hope they know the real difference they have made in their community. When we all give a little, we get a lot back in return. Their donations and volunteerism have become the backbone of our community laying the foundation to improve the whole community and we are so THANKFUL!!

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