Like a sea of purple, volunteers from different nonprofits and businesses pitched in to help other area organizations with a variety of projects Friday for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
At Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, 35 volunteers from ABB in Plainville worked to build and install 3,000 linear feet of fencing – over half a mile, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bob Caggiano, engineering manager at ABB, said that the workers at ABB, who formerly worked for GE Industrial Solutions, have been supporting the Day of Caring for 25 years.
Shelly Descoteaux was one of the many volunteers from ABB who was hard at work Friday.
“I like helping out our community non-profit organizations,” she said. “I came here for a past Day of Caring and then I decided to start volunteering here at Shepard Meadows weekly. I help feed and clean up after the horses.”
Shelly Pope, executive director of Shepard Meadows, said that the wooden fence, which is replacing an electric fence, is safer for the horses that live within that area.
ABB volunteers were also helping out at the Bristol Adult Resource Center. There, they worked to prepare the gardens and repaint the building. They were joined by another group of volunteers from the nonprofit Quota International of Bristol, who were washing the windows as well as cleaning and painting.
“We’ve been doing this for so many years,” said Barbara Fabrizio. “I like giving back to the community – this is one of the best things we do with United Way.”
At the American Clock and Watch Museum, a team of more than a half-dozen volunteers from Bauer, Inc. were cutting down dead trees, removing weeds and putting down fresh mulch.
“I like helping out the community which we all work in,” said Emily Vanadestine as she cut apart a fallen tree with a chainsaw and loaded the branches into a pickup truck.
Other places which saw volunteers lending a hand included The Barnes Nature Center, The Bristol Boys & Girls Club, Cambridge Park, the Bristol Cemetery Commission, the Bristol Historical Society, Bristol Preschool, Domus Amoris, Indian Rock Nature Preserve, For Goodness Sake, Camp Carlson, Imagine Nation Museum, Meals for Neighbors at Zion Lutheran Church, the New England Carousel Museum, Plainville Early Learning Center, the Plymouth Community Food Pantry, the Plymouth Historical Society, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Mission, Wheeler Clinic and the Wheeler Family YMCA.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.