Volunteers needed for Day of Caring project

A group of volunteers will spruce up downtown this month by planting flowers in planters along First Avenue.

The May 22 event is part of the Interlakes Area United Way’s (IAUW) Community Day of Caring. IAUW has partnered with the Flandreau Development Corporation to fill and decorate the outdoor containers. Up to 10 people are needed to help plant the 22 pots, and volunteers will receive a United Way T-shirt.

“Day of Caring is a great way to give back to the community,” said IAUW Outreach Coordinator Emily Pieper. “Helping the FDC with the planters is a good place to start. People of all ages can help, and it helps instill pride and ownership in our community.”

Day of Caring is a coordinated volunteer effort conducted by United Way organizations across the U.S. This is the first time IAUW has held the event in Flandreau.

 “We hope it promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, as well as increases local awareness of United Way and how the organization serves our community,” Pieper said.

Volunteers will meet at 6 p.m. in the park near John’s Place to kick off the project. May 23 and 24 have been reserved as alternate dates pending inclement weather.

Those who are interested can call Pieper at 864-1515, email [email protected] or sending a message to Interlakes Area United Way on Facebook.  T-shirts are available in both adult and children's sizes.  Supplies are limited.

Interlakes Area United Way is a non-profit organization that coordinates financial and volunteer resources for non-profit agencies in Moody, Lake and Miner counties.  IAUW awarded more than $93,000 in 2018 to 38 agencies in the three-county region. Recipients serving Moody County include the Boys and Girls Club of Moody County, Colman-Egan Preschool, Flandreau Elementary Weekend Fuel, Flandreau Elementary Ready to Start, Flandreau Title VI After-School Help and more.

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