United Way launches fund drive Over 200 take part in 'Day of Caring'

September 13, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

More than 200 volunteers planted flowers, painted buildings and entertained senior citizens at nonprofit facilities and senior centers yesterday to kick off the United Way's annual fund-raising campaign in Howard County.

Seniors citizens and county officials played bingo and danced the Macarena early yesterday at the Hickory Ridge Place and Owen Brown Place senior citizen communities in Columbia as part of the nonprofit organization's "Day of Caring," according to Toni Volk, director of the Community Partnership of Howard County, the local arm of the United Way.

The Community Partnership hopes to raise at least $2.5 million in the county during this year's fund-raising drive. The money will help the United Way of Central Maryland reach its fund-raising goal of $37.75 million.

The United Way pays for more than 250 health and human services programs in the region.

Most of the money will come from business fund-raisers and from door-to-door solicitations, according to Larry E. Walton, president of the United Way of Central Maryland.

Volunteers, many of whom work in Howard County and were paid by their employers while helping yesterday, painted the inside of a sexual assault center, collected trash for senior citizens and did general house repairs for needy residents. A group of employees from Nationwide Insurance in Howard took 30 children to the zoo.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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