Each year on June 21, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live observing the United Way Day of Action.
Now in its sixth year, United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that people are asked to help put the United Way mission into action by improving the building blocks for a good quality of life including education, income, and health.
This is the fifth year the United Way of Audrain County has participated in the event.
"Each year we try to pick activities that benefit our agencies and the community in general. This year we chose to focus on education and health," stated Mary Jo Harris, executive director of United Way of Audrain County.
In the past the group has had parties for kids in the ACCIS support group, swimming for the Rug Rats 4-H group, collected: small quilts for kids at Rainbow House; used books for the Literacy Council; supplies for Red Cross fire victims, and delivered Meals on Wheels.
With the focus on education, Hawthorne Elementary School was the site for area businessmen and women, and retired school employees to read to summer school students. There were 10 readers at Hawthorne. Two readers visited the Williams Family Support Center.
On the healthy side of the event, six volunteers delivered Meals on Wheels for the Mexico Senior Center.
On Saturday a 5K Run/ Walk was held at Green Estate Park. In lieu of an entry fee participants were asked to donate a new children's book. The books will be distributed to local agencies. Twenty-eight people participate and 59 books were collected at the event.
Penny Daugherty, Tammy Kobush and Vicki Duenke were members of the Day of Action committee.