South Mississippi was teeming with volunteers Friday morning thanks to United Way hosting its Day of Caring event. Ten work sites around the Coast were tended to. Hard Rock Casino employee, Kristen McCormick was rocking and rolling outside the work place Friday morning. She was one of several volunteers who helped add some special sparkle to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. McCormick says, "We're just coming out to help them get things cleaned up, do a little cleaning, do a little yard work, and just see what we can do." This was just one of many projects underway on this United Way Day of Caring.
Colleen McAdams, the Director of Marketing for United Way South Mississippi, says, "Today, we're expecting anywhere from 60 to 70 volunteers from all different areas of the Coast to come down and there’s about ten different projects.” It’s organizations like United Way that help keep places like Lynn Meadows up and running. They say that without these volunteers, buildings would simply become run down. McCormick also says, "We rely heavily on volunteers. Without volunteers in our community and here at Lynn Meadows, we would not be able to do all these wonderful things that we would like to have done at Lynn Meadows." While the people working at these projects Friday weren't paid for their efforts, they say that donating back to the community has its own rewards.
Cindy Defraces, the Executive Director of United Way South Mississippi, says, "We're hoping that the volunteers leave feeling not just that they gave something, but they got a little something in return too, a feeling of satisfaction with the day they spent working and giving back to the community." If anyone is interested in volunteering with the United Way on their other projects, you can visit their website at www.unitedwaysm.org.