Poignant project: Keihin employess (from left) Lori Anderson, Tonda Wicker and Crystal Baugh paint wooden crosses that will be placed on the courthouse lawn in October to raise awareness of domestic violence. The women were helping Alternatives Inc. on Friday for Day of Caring. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Constant as the calendar, volunteers fanned out like whippoorwills Friday, painting, planting and generally doing good deeds during United Way of Central Indiana’s annual Day of Caring.
Locally, some 60 volunteers from seven organizations participated in seven projects throughout the city to spruce up, repair and raise awareness. Throughout central Indiana on Friday, approximately 1,300 people volunteered for 50 service projects, organizers said.
Under the shade of large trees on a mild August morning, Keihin IPT employees Lori Anderson, Tonda Wicker and Crystal Baugh painted their share of 100 small white wooden crosses that will be planted in the Hancock County Courthouse lawn for Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.
The effort accomplished more than taking a bit of work off Alternatives Inc.’s outreach advocate, Kelly Buzan.
“Normally I do this by myself, and I’m scrambling by late September to get this done,” Buzan said. “To have a group like this willing to help and raise awareness is wonderful.”