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May 31, 2020

4/1/2020 1:57:00 PM
Organizers plan to implement reimagined Day of Caring event
Day of Caring, the Jennings County United Way's semiannual event in which volunteers work to build much-needed wheelchair ramps or completing minor home repairs for the elderly, has been reimagined.

The event, now known as Day of Caring Reimagined, won't be just a one-day thing.

Of course, the changes are brought to you by the COVID-19 crisis, which has affected almost every aspect of everyday life in the community, the nation and worldwide.

"We are still in the planning stages, but we plan to implement an army of volunteers to deliver food and medicine to those in need," said Cheri Massey, director of Jennings County's United Way. "We will begin these 'care trips' as soon as possible to meet the needs already arising."

Those served will be Jennings County residents in the high-risk category: those over 60 years old, specifically, and those compromised by existing health issues.

"Our county has a large segment of people who need to stay home because of the coronavirus," Massey said. "They also need food and medicine. We are in the process of organizing volunteers for 'care trips' that will help those folks. We will be leaving packages outside on doorsteps and porches. Other procedures obviously will include social distancing and handwashing."

Originally planned this year for Saturday, April 18, the Day of Caring Reimagined will be completely different in 2020 than the event has been every previous year since the Day of Caring program began in Jennings County in 2002.

"Right now, the biggest question is how to handle the payments because we will not 'pay' for people's food and meds. Food pantry trips will be the easy ones but food from grocery stores will not. We are looking into challenges of gift card donations," Massey said.

The United Way has also established a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist those impacted by coronavirus in Jennings County.

"We also need to reach our annual campaign goal in order to continue doing what we do. Please give," Massey added.

While the United Way office is closed for public access, to donate or sign up to volunteer call the office at 812-346-5257. Or visit jcunitedway.com.

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