ELPO staff help with United Way projects

by Mandy Hicks

groupELPO attorneys and staff participated in the United Way of Southern Kentucky Day of Caring on July 23, 2014.

ELPO had a total of 21 people participating, divided into three groups. One group stained a deck and outdoor stairway at CASA of South Central Kentucky. CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, matches volunteers with children involved in the court system. The participating employees were Gaines Penn, Molly Mills, Mattie Russell, Jamey Shropshire, Heather Renick, Matt Bell and Stephanie Jones.

The following employees worked at Kentucky Legal Aid on a landscaping project: Travis Armstrong, Kenly Ames, Matt Bell, Jessica Shoulders, Sarah Jarboe, Cassie Joiner, Judy Smith and Tonya Gaines. Four employees, Cathy Bishop, Gail Henderson, Angela Van Cleave and Debbie Campbell, volunteered at the United Way of Southern Kentucky office, doing a variety of administrative tasks to save time during the busy campaign season.

According to the United Way, nearly 1,000 volunteers participated in Day of Caring, which was the sixth annual for the organization. The volunteers represented 70 companies across Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties, joining with local non-profits to complete more than 76 projects.

The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a peek at volunteering. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects. Team participation in the Day of Caring aids in building camaraderie and goodwill among employees while also helping the community.