Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 @ 12:21PM
Thank you to the United Way of Central Texas led by Chief Executive Director, James Thurston and Strategic Marketing & Events Coordinator, Mary Beth Kelton, who celebrated their 2014 Day of Caring by blessing the West community. Coordinating so many volunteers for one day presents a number of challenges. John Raimer and his team of volunteer field managers, Frank Wiedemann, Mike Rhodes, and Rick Niemeyer, successfully managed these projects for the United Way volunteers ensuring a successful event for the volunteers and the community. Thank you to Czech Stop Bakery for catering lunch and to the Knights of Columbus for opening the KC Hall to these volunteers. Shiner Beer representatives were included in the many volunteers joining the United Way. In addition to their labor, Shiner brought a generous gift of $25,000 through the United Way of Central Texas to West, TX. Foundation, Inc. James Thurston of United Way explained during his lunch presentation that he received Shiner’s generous gift in the mail unsolicited with a simple letter explaining that “Shiner is a small town where people help people. We want to help another small town where people help people. Please make sure this gets to West.” In addition to the blessings poured unto the community by the United Way of Central Texas, Stephen Azuogu and his AmeriCorp Team also worked diligently painting Friday and Saturday. Zion Lutheran Church from Dallas joined the West Recovery effort for the third time this weekend. Under the leadership of Pastor Robert Preece, Zion volunteers completed a significant amount of work on Saturday including building a walkway, finishing a deck, and completing drywall work. This weekend we welcome St. John the Apostle United Methodist Church of Arlington, who will be making their second mission trip to West. To find out how you or your organization can join the recovery effort contact Mikayla at firstname.lastname@example.org.