25th Annual Event Brings Out Over 500 Volunteers
Alamogordo, NM: 150 homes of families and individuals were helped today as over 500 volunteers headed out for the 25th 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 7:00 this morning with Holloman Air Force Base Commander Col. Cantwell thanking everyone for their great support of the community and saying, “…Please reflect on the service you are proving today, have pride & feel good about it…this is what we’ll remember when we leave Alamogordo…. it’s the impact that we have on the people & those that we serve.” Mayor Richard Boss also spoke and delivered a proclamation and a plaque was presented on behalf of the United Way of Otero County to all of HAFB in commemoration of the 25 anniversary of the Day of Caring and the partnership with HAFB that helps make the event happen. The volunteers headed out to the job-sites all over Otero County from Tularosa to Boles Acres 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 commending them for the quality of work done.
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. Pitman, Holloman Air Force Base
• Event Coordinator – Linda Elliot, Executive Director of the United Way of Otero County
• Photos at https://www.facebook.com/Uwoterocounty/
• Video of the event https://youtu.be/f8d7YUYqsfo
• T-shirts for all the Volunteers provided by Desert Sun Motors
• Breakfast provided by McDonalds and Sonic
• Lunch Provided in part by Albertson’s Market, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lowes Signature Market & Burger King (for volunteers in the basin) & Otero County Electric Co-op (for volunteers on the mountain)
• Additional partnerships include the City of Alamogordo, Otero County, Uptown rentals and Keep Alamogordo Beautiful. Many local businesses also supported the project with monetary and in-kind donations.
The United Way of Otero County is celebrating 51 years of 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. Join us as we kick-off this year’s annual campaign, “Soaring into the Future!” www.uwoterocounty.org