By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
Volunteerism is alive and well in Gainesville as participants in Saturday’s United Way’s Day of Caring assisted several residents with needed yard work.
Spencer Flint is the coordinator for the Day of Caring in Gainesville for 2013. He coordinated the event by assembling teams to work on seven homes in Gainesville. Cooler weather and sunshine made the morning more comfortable as teams of volunteers worked on yard work for seven Gainesville residents.
“In finding out who needed assistance, we set out flyers, we talked to the local radio station and we worked with churches as well as other volunteer organizations to find out who needed help and what we could do to assist,” Flint said.
Cooke County United Way holds its Day of Caring in the spring.
“The National Day of Caring is in July but it is too hot in Texas at that time so we have always moved the event up to either April or May,” Flint noted. “The 20th worked out best for everyone’s schedule so that is why we are doing it today.”
According the Cooke County United Way site, the Day of Caring was started as a program to “promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish.”
Day of Caring volunteers usually help senior citizens or disabled residents.
“We like to especially help senior citizens or those who are disabled in some way,” Flint said. “We think that it has been a great success because we have helped those who cannot help themselves with the physical nature of some of the tasks.”
One of the recipients receiving assistance was Gainesville resident Debbie Smallwood.
“This is such a blessing for me,” Smallwood said. “My lawn mower was stolen and I could not take care of some of the overgrowth in the fence. It is great to know that there are those that truly care. After all of the bad news this week around the country it reaffirms my belief in the genuine goodness of people.”