Volunteers, United Way show Plainville they care

By SHERIDAN CYR

STAFF WRITER

Many organizations in Plainville participated in the United Way of West Central Connecticut’s 27th annual Day of Caring, an opportunity for all individuals to give, advocate and volunteer. Day of Caring, an annual United Way sponsored event, joins hundreds of volunteers and offers the chance to connect with local non-profit agencies.

This year’s Day of Caring was held on May 18. Plainville’s nonprofits all worked on separate projects within the town. Domus Amoris, LISA, Inc., Plainville Early Learning Center, Wheeler Clinic, Wheeler YMCA, and the Town of Plainville all took part.

The Plainville Rotary Club came together at one of the buildings in Norton Park, which is used for activities by many organizations throughout the year including Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. The building was in need of repainting. Rotarians volunteered to rise up to the challenge.

“Members of the Day of Caring Committee were going over project ideas, and I always felt that this building was important,” said Rotarian and Assistant Town Manager Shirley Osle. “My kids and grandkids have been using this building for years, and I always thought it just looked so dreary. It’s always been a vision of mine to get it painted, but it just wasn’t a priority in the town.”

Osle is also a United Way volunteer, and she knew the project would be fit for the Plainville Rotary Club.

“I asked if they wanted to help, and they said, ‘Absolutely,’” Osle said. “Everyone embraced the idea, and I can’t tell you how excited we are to be doing this today. We’re all about the community and making it a better place.”

Plainville Rotary Club President Gregg Karal stood amongst 18 other volun-teers, moving strategically between ladders, paint rollers, paint cans and tarps.

“We wanted to brighten this building and really make it look great,” said Karal. That meant two fresh coats of light yellow for the bricks, and changing the drab brown doors to a royal blue to match Plainville’s sports teams.

“Every Rotary project we take on is just awesome. We are always giving back to this community that we care about, and we do whatever we can to support the town we live in,” said Karal.

Rotary Club members come from many different backgrounds, and join forces to make the community a better place. Some are town employees, some are school administration or staff members, some are business owners and some are retirees. All are volunteers of the town.

The United Way of West Central Connecticut serves the communities of Plainville, Bristol, Burlington and Plymouth. Each town takes part in the Day of Caring, which began in 1992 as a way to help employees of local corporations interact with human service agencies.

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