The Day of Caring was held around Jones County May 10 and literally hundreds of people participated in projects to help beautify and better their local community.
Jones County Volunteer Coordinator Amy Keltner took some time to thank those that that had taken time to come out and volunteer as service projects kicked off at 9 a.m. at the Lawrence Community Center.
“I hope you guys enjoy the day. We have a great sunshine-y day,” she said. “So, have some fun, do some good things and I can’t wait for some pictures and good words.”
From there, approximately 400 volunteers went out around the county on various projects. The size of the volunteer crowd more than dwarfed 12 volunteers that participated in the county’s first Day of Caring back in 2013.
In the morning session, Anamosa’s REVIVE program went out to Central Park for the day, F&M Bank Anamosa worked at the Anamosa Arboretum Jones Regional Medical Center staff assisted with the food drive taking place at Anamosa Fareway F&M Bank Monticello pitched in at Monticello Senior Dining, Anamosa Middle School students cleaned up with Anamosa Parks and Recreation Department and signs put up promoting alcohol free grad party signs and flyers hung advertising the need for more driving volunteers at the volunteer center.
At 12:30 p.m. the students of Anamosa High School started in on their projects. Approximately 50 students went to Strawberry Hill Elementary to help assemble Literacy Kits for the kindergartners and first graders. During that time, the students assembled 100 kits, some safari-themed and the rest fly-themed, that included a book and fun activities to try to reduce the knowledge slip over the summer. The project was sponsored by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.
The rest of the students help with general clean up and service projects at the Anamosa library, Anamosa Care Center, Wapsi State Park, HACAP Preschool, Central Park and with yard work at each of the area schools. Members of the Midland community helped similarly with clean up work around the school district’s middle and high school.