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Hundreds take part in county cleanup

The day begins with a breakfast hosted by Fresh Market in the parking lot.

Sun Advocate reporter

Carbon County is decidedly cleaner today, after more than 500 community volunteers came together Saturday to weed, clean, trim and plant for the United Way's Annual Day of Caring.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. the volunteer mob received orders and breakfast at Fresh Market before moving out toward more than 40 individual projects within the community. According to Eastern Utah United Way Executive Director Bill Maikranz, the day's activities were split between larger projects such as the clean up of Wood Hill and 100 North in Price, as well as more targeted activities at the area's ball parks and private homes.

"My wife, Brittany, drives the Meal on Wheels truck for the Carbon County Senior's Center, and knows a great many of the area's home bound," explained Miakranz. "Because of her position, she was able to provide a list of those who might need assistance and what could be done for them."

In addition to her list, the United Way sought information for several weeks prior to the Day of Caring, helping to lead event planners to those who might need a little extra help.

A few of the other projects overseen by the United Way on Saturday, included the cleaning and weeding of Carbon Ave, the Price Walkway and parking lot, Helper parkway and baseball complex and a major overhaul of the area in between Helper's Main Street and the railroad.

According to Maikranz, volunteers also did an amazing job at the Carbon County Food Bank's Community Garden, Active Re-Entry and the Boys and Girls Club.

Annual planning for the massive volunteer effort begins in June, when volunteers and the United Way Board of Directors start evaluating projects and organizing team efforts.

Last year, the United way was overwhelmed by the volunteer turnout and was not quite ready to put everyone to work, said Maikranz. This year, event organizers were prepared and made the utmost out of the support they received.

"We had a great turnout and would like to thank everyone who came out," said the United Way Executive Director. "We could not put on this amazing event without community support and the assistance of our many sponsors."

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