United Way, HutchCares benefit from volunteer involvement

(Editor’s Note: With April 10-16 being National Volunteer Week, this is part two of a four-part series about the importance of volunteers in certain organizations throughout the community.)There are two local non-profit organizations that depend on the help of volunteers in order to continue having an impact in the community.United Way and HutchCares find having volunteers a very critical part of their non-profit organizations. Kim Cook, the director for HutchCares, said that the organization “would have nothing if it weren’t for the volunteers.” She continued to say that the HutchCares is always looking for volunteers of all ages whether it is to help clean yards, visit clients, build ramps, or call clients. She also stated the clients and children can volunteer, even if it’s just making a phone call to see how another client is doing.Cook said “You don’t realize how you blessed you feel after [doing such things], you feel more blessed and it’s a great feeling. If you just stop and look around you can tell that there are more elderly out there then we think that need our help. It’s the silent ones who need help.” If you do know of someone who looks as though they need help or if you want to volunteer, you can contact Cook at 677-1708. All volunteers do require a background check. Julie Winters, director of the United Way, also agreed that she and others couldn’t run the organization without volunteers, saying “My organization wouldn’t survive without volunteers or without the generosity of the community.” She said the volunteers can go out and help raise money to support many agencies and participate in the “day of caring” project. This day consists of almost 300 volunteers giving of their time to help the elderly with light labor. ”It’s just neighbors helping neighbors,” Winters said.Some of the volunteers for the United Way include Jerri Aylor, Carol Hermes, Candie Weber, Leigh Vaden, Bobby McElreath, Theron Baker, Hayli Young, Becky Rickett, Steve Hubertus, and many more. Anyone wanting to become a volunteer for the United Way can call Winters at the United Way office at 274-5662.