Employees from numerous Meridian businesses took the day off from work today, not for rest, but to volunteer. Today was the East Mississippi United Way's Day of Caring, and people gave their time to local nonprofit organizations.
Sara Carmichael with the United Way says that, "You can always give financially with your donations, but to be able to give of your time is also a way to give, and that's part of the United Way's Mission, which is "Give, Advocate, and Volunteer."
Employees from Trustmark Bank and Bank Plus volunteered at the Wesley House, where they sorted through thousands of pounds of canned food in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.
"This is such a great organization. The United Way fully supports the Wesley House. It affects so many people in our community and it's just such a great organization for us to get behind and just really support," said Campbell Helveston with Trustmark Bank.
Avery Dennison employees gave the interior of the Boys and Girls Club a fresh coat of paint from the gym, through the hallways, to the classrooms.
Avery Dennison employee Shauronda Harper believes that, "It's better to give than to receive, and we're a big supporter of the community at Avery Dennison."
Pacesetter company employees thoroughly enjoyed giving their time to a community their businesses support so much, and encourage others to do the same.
"We enjoy coming out here. We enjoy working with Ricky and the kids, and all the guys and girls he's got working with him," said John Griffin of Avery Dennison.
"It's just great for us all to give our time and put forth a great effort for those in need in our community."