CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Community members across the Mountain State Wednesday were doing their part to make a difference as part of this year’s Day to Serve.
Members of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs were making a difference at the 2nd Street Community Center on Charleston’s West Side.
“To participate in the Day to Serve we thought we would come over to do just a little bit of painting, a little bit of cleaning up and fixing up,” said Office of Minority Affairs Executive Director Carolyn Stuart.
It was one of nearly 500 projects taking place across the state as part of Day to Serve. In addition to West Virginia, residents of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia also participated in Day to Serve activities in their respective areas.
Stuart said after just a few hours of work, the community has a great place to hang out.
“I just know that they are going to be thrilled that it’s a cleaner environment and a brighter environment,” she said.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin kicked off the day by recognizing the statewide projects Wednesday at the State Capitol.
Another one of those projects is the BackPack Program which is a collective effort by state employees to provide children with nutritious and easy to prepare food at times when other resources are not available such as weekends and during school vacations.
From now through September 27, items can be dropped off at the Guard Shack located at the intersection of Greenbrier and Washington Streets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or in the Governor’s Reception Room from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stuart said being able to help is very rewarding.
“When you think about the children that will come here and in a safe and clean environment, it just makes all the difference in the world to know that we were able to have just a small part in something like this,” she said.
The Day to Serve effort runs through September 29. For more information on volunteering or organizing a volunteer event in your area, visit www.governor.wv.gov.