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Week of Caring kicks off at equestrian center

By Jim Conrad, jconrad@wcyb.com
Published On: Jun 16 2014 04:28:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 04:07:00 PM CDT

United Way chapters from across the region kicked off the Week of Caring today.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

United Way chapters from across the region kicked off the Week of Caring today.

About 70 volunteers went to Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Kingsport for hard work in the hot sun. Volunteers spent some hard-earned sweat-equity to paint, shovel and brush.

Small Miracles doesn't have the staff to do such work on a regular basis. "We have a very small staff and we see about a hundred students a week and honestly we don't have the time and the manpower to do these things that are so necesarry and so important to our program," said Small Miracles Executive Director Sherri Russell.

Small Miracles uses riding as a way to improve the physical, emotional andsocial growth of adults and children with special needs.
Danielle Glasscock of United Way Kingsport said, "Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. What better way to show your caring power?" Yes, with your donations, but also with your time.

The mass volunteering will be happening all week in individual communities, but today was the regional event to get the week started.
Each year a different community hosts the regional event, this year was Kingsport's turn. "We swap off who hosts the regional event," said Glasscock. "Last year it was in Bristol, this year its here that the individual project takes place."

If you are interested in helping, contact your local United Way.