Day of Caring and Giving Back

Mississippi Power Company employees are normally digging in the ground, planting light poles. On Friday, they planted shrubs.

"It's not different really. We do the same stuff. We're in the dirt all day sometimes," said MPC worker Casey Burt.

Volunteers did their work for the local Boy Scouts, as part of the United Way of East Mississippi and West Alabama's annual Day of Caring.

The day is a way for employees at some of this area's biggest businesses to kick-start the organization's annual fund-raising campaign. The companies taking part are called United Way's Pacesetters.

They are attempting to raise 30 percent of United Way's $900,000 fundraising goal before the actual campaign begins.

"It's a chance for them to know one of the agencies intimately," said John Beauregard of The Boy Scouts. "And how their United Way dollars are serving this community."

It's also a chance for member agencies to get some much needed work done.

"It's not costing them any money, which with these agency funds, they're tight. To have a crew come in and paint your building, that's beyond their budget," said Janie Brown of The United Way.

Burt says he's glad to be doing it.

"We get to give back a little bit, and this is a little bit more appreciated sometimes," said Burt.

The people getting the help say it's more than a little bit appreciated.

For more information about The United Way of East Mississippi, visit

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