Volunteers Helping Eastern Panhandle Boys & Girls Clubs

Volunteers Helping Eastern Panhandle Boys & Girls Clubs

It's a day of caring, in which people from West Virginia team up with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, to volunteer and help out non-profit organizations through out the area.

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.Va. - It's a day of caring, in which people from West Virginia teamed up with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle to volunteer and help out non-profit organizations through out the area.

The employees of the Berkeley County Medical Center traded in their work uniforms, for "Making a Difference" T-shirts as they took a break from their workday to help revitalize the local Boys & Girls Club.

"It gives me a joy to know that we can give back to the Boys & Girls Club, so kids can feel protected in the community," said Brenda McDaniel, a volunteer.

"It's very meaningful, this is my 19th year," said Terry Potter, a volunteer. "I have been doing it from day one. We do different projects; this rewards me, helping people out in the community." 

Volunteers throughout the Eastern Panhandle undertook different tasks helping all the Boys & Girls clubs in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties from painting gyms to varnishing floors. Boys & Girls club officials say the kids appreciate all the volunteers' hard work.  

"We can't thank all of our volunteers and organizations that come out and help us enough for what they do," said Amber Shannon of Boys & Girls Club of Berkeley County. "We'll have the kids in tomorrow, they'll be so excited for a new coat of paint, because it does change the atmosphere, and give it a new look." 

For some of the people volunteering, they say helping out the Boys & Girls Club of Berkeley County is extra special, because they bring their own kids here. They say this place gives something for the kids to do after school and keep a lot of them out of trouble.

"Knowing my kids use to play basketball up here, they're going to say wow," said Potter. "That's what it's going to be, they are going to come here and go wow." 

"Wow, one day this was done," said McDaniel "It only takes a group of people getting together in one day and has what it takes to accomplish." 

Volunteers also devoted time at Shenandoah Women's Center and Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.  More than 1,000 people volunteered.

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