Day of Caring 24th Annual Event

Group PhotoUnited Way of Otero County Day of Caring 24th Annual event brings out nearly 600 volunteers

Alamogordo, NM: 144 homes of families and individuals were helped today as nearly 600 volunteers headed out for the 24th annual United Way of Otero County Day of Caring!  This event has been bringing together individuals, businesses, nonprofits and the military for decades and it has helped to change the communities of Otero County in unimaginable ways.

The Day of Caring Kicked off at 7:15 this morning with Holloman Air Force Base Commander Col. Keibler thanking everyone for their great support of the community saying, “…over and over I am humbled by the sacrifices that our community makes, stepping up and helping each other out.” The volunteers headed out to the jobsites all over Otero County from Tularosa to Alamogordo and High Rolls to Mayhill. Jobs ranged from weeding and mowing to painting and clean to cutting down trees and building fences.

The phones have been ringing off the hook with DOC recipients calling to thank everyone for their work today and commend them for the quality of work done.

Quotes from Day of Caring Recipients:

  • “…for this old man, it’s going to take a load off my mind.”
  • “I just have to commend everyone for all they did, just wonderful, so great!”
  • “I can’t tell you how much this means to me, just wonderful, wonderful, Thank you so much.”

Over all it was an incredible day for our community.  To be able to lend a helping hand to someone in need, it some very simple ways, has an incredible impact on the overall health and well-being of our elderly and disabled individuals, as well as the entire community.

  • Event Chair – MSgt. Chris Downing, Holloman Air Force Base
  • Event Coordinator – Linda Elliot, Executive Director of the United Way of Otero County
  • Photos at https://www.facebook.com/DayofCaringunitedwayofOteroCounty
  • Video of the Col. Keibler’s speech is on Periscope – United Way Otero Co
  • T-shirts for all the Volunteers provided by Desert Sun Motors
  • Breakfast provided by Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, McDonalds and Sonic
  • Lunch Provided by the El Paso USO (volunteers in the basin) & Otero County Electric Co-op (volunteers on the mountain)

The United Way of Otero County is celebrating 50 years of advancing the common good, creating lasting change and enriching lives by harnessing the collective compassion and resources of our community. We focus on three main areas that we feel are the building blocks of a great life, Education, Income Stability and Health.  We do that by bringing together businesses, community organizations, volunteers, government, private foundations and nonprofit agencies in this shared vision.  www.uwoterocounty.org

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