By Kristin Rover
Volunteers from several area locations took part in Clermont Come Together Day Sept. 20.
Volunteers with United Way of Greater Cincinnati Eastern Area, Park National Bank, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and more, completed several projects throughout the community.
The projects included building a playground at the James Sauls Homeless Shelter, washing windows and doing yard work for senior citizens, completing a project for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown counties, and more.
“We are doing this to give the community an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives,” Debra Gordon, director of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Eastern Area, said.
Gordon said they are hoping to make Clermont Come Together Day an annual event, and get more community members involved in addition to volunteers with their partnering organizations.
“Our goal is to continue to grow it so that the community begins to embrace philanthropy and giving back,” Gordon said.
Several volunteers helped put together a new playground at the James Sauls Homeless Shelter for one of the volunteer project.
“The support of the community is wonderful for the shelter,” Billie Kuntz, director of the homeless shelter said.
Kuntz said the number of children that stay at the shelter has increased in the past few years to around 100 children a year.
She said the playground is a nice place for the kids to have fun and be active.
“It’s great to let them come out and blow off some steam,” Kuntz said. “And have a home setting.”
Volunteers also helped wash windows, do yard work and paint porch railing at the homes of seniors in the community.
Volunteers helping to complete the projects said they are glad they are able to help.
“It’s rewarding,” Jason Vernoff, with Park National Bank, said about volunteering.
Sam Debonis, a volunteer with Park National Bank, said the seniors were very appreciative for the help. He said it was nice to be able to volunteer.
“We are fortunate that our employer encourages volunteering,” Debonis said.