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'Day Of Caring' helps Great Falls residents

Posted at 7:08 PM, Nov 03, 2023

In the video above, reporter Cade Menter talks with people participating in United Way's annual "Day Of Caring," who volunteered on Friday to help senior citizens and people with disabilities clean up their properties. To learn more about the program, call 406-727-3400, extension 500.

Volunteers and members of United Way of Cascade County were busy spent their Friday cleaning up people's yards across Great Falls, in an event referred to as "Day of Caring."

The purpose of the event is to help seniors and people with disabilities that are physically unable to complete the task on their own.

Lacey Hallett has been with United Way for seven years. She explained what makes "Day of Caring" an important event.

"It's not uncommon for people to have to rake their yards at home," she said. "It's something we're all very capable of doing, so it's a really easy ask for volunteers. We're working with seniors in our community and other individuals who don't have the ability to do that anymore, and maybe can't afford to pay somebody to come and do that. We get the opportunity to come out and knock on people's doors."

Over 70 volunteers participated in this year's "Day of Caring." United Way worked alongside agencies such as Aging Services, General Mills, Neighborworks Great Falls, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Great Falls Public Schools, Malmstrom.

It's never certain what the weather will be like during times like this, but that isn't stopping volunteers from taking time out of their day to help those in need.

Amara Ochsner has been volunteering since she was three years old. She said the thing she loved most about volunteering for 'Day of Caring' was helping out those who are unable to physically do the work themselves.

"I like volunteering with my mom," Ochsner said. "We rake leaves in seniors' yards, and I enjoy it. It's just fun."

She added, "I would recommend it (Day of Caring) for someone who likes to volunteer because it's a good way to get involved with the community. I've been doing this since I was three, so I would definitely recommend it for people who like to get involved with their community and volunteer."

United Way of Cascade County is always on the lookout for volunteers. The organization uses volunteers in a variety of ways and in almost everything that they do. Their mission statement is “To make it easy for people to give, to advocate, and to volunteer.”

To learn more about how you can volunteer, click here: