Day of Caring workers span the county

Aflurry of volunteer activity across Jackson County marked the United Way's 15th annual Day of Caring.

Around 300 volunteers grabbed shovels, paint brushes, ladders and gardening shears to clean up various community buildings in Medford, Phoenix and Ashland.

They enjoyed sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures.

"We were wearing black T-shirts so it was a little warm," said United Way of Jackson County Executive Director Dee Anne Everson. "And also we were working hard."

Everson spent her day at Head Start in Phoenix, where her group painted the entire exterior of the building and planted irises.

"Everyone is in such good spirits," Everson said. "This is something people look forward to all year."

The work sites and volunteer groups included:

  • Ashland Supportive Housing, 1610 Clark Ave., Ashland, where volunteers from the Southern Oregon Society of CPAs and St. Mary's School stained a fence.
  • Easter Seals, 809 W. McAndrews St., Medford, where Rogue Federal Credit Union volunteers provided landscaping work and painting.
  • Head Start, 409 Fourth St., Phoenix, where John L. Scott Real Estate, Earth Angels and the United Way's Women's Leadership Council painted the exterior of the Head Start building.
  • Living Opportunities, 808 Bennett St., Medford, where landscaping was done by US Bank and Providence Medford Medical Center volunteers.
  • OnTrack, 1107 Stevens St., Medford, where volunteers from Providence Medford Medical Center and Wells Fargo built and stained fences.
  • Siskiyou Challenge multi-sport relay in Ashland, a benefit for Rogue Valley Farm to School, where volunteers from the Medford Active 20/30 Club and Target were on the scene, monitoring intersections for runners, preparing food and providing first aid.
  • Roots and Wings Child Development, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, where volunteers from After 5 Rotary and the Rogue Creamery did painting and landscaping work.

The Day of Caring, Jackson County's busiest volunteer day, coincides with the kickoff of the fall United Way fundraising drive. The organization hopes to collect $875,000. Everson said the bulk of the money comes from individual donors.

Everson said the Day of Caring seems to get more popular as the years go by.

"It's a remarkable day for people who want to help not only with their wallets, but with their hands," Everson said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or e-mail

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