Story & Photos by Scott Rawdon
BUCKEYE LAKE- More than 350 volunteers participated in the Licking County United Way’s 13th Annual Day of Caring event June 15, many of whom spent the day at several projects around Buckeye Lake Village.
“What a great community partnership,” said Buckeye Lake State Park Manager Tim Waln, who coordinated volunteer activities at the North Shore Boat Ramp, where volunteers from Park National Bank and individual volunteer s weeded and mulched flowerbeds, collected litter, pruned bushes, and scraped and painted the North Shore fountain. “It was a wonderful opportunity for people to lend a hand and make a difference,” said Waln.
The day began at the Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum, where Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith read a proclamation in recognition of the United Way’s efforts. Elsewhere around Buckeye Lake Village, volunteers cleaned the log cabin, weeded flowerbeds, and cleaned glass at the Buckeye Lake Museum grounds, and volunteers interior painted at the LEADS building and the Waters Edge Ministry.
to a United Way press release, volunteers completed 42 projects at Buckeye Lake,
Newark, Pataskala, Kirkersville, and Utica. Many of the volunteers did so for
the first time. In addition to the more than 350 volunteers, 14 sponsors
supported the Day of Caring, including Amanda Hills Spring water, American
Crane, Chase Bank, the City of Newark, Chuck Whitefield Entertainment, DeVine
Farms, Domino’s Pizza, Dow Chemical, Fiberglas Federal Credit Union, Giant Eagle
in Heath, Licking County Habitat for Humanity, Licking Memorial Health Systems,
Licking River Film Center, Matesich Distributing, Meijer, Newark Surgery Center,
Virginia Chamber- Wine, and Wal-Mart stores.