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September 23, 2012

Thousands kick off United Way campaign

Live United Day connects volunteers to more than 100 projects throughout Logansport.

LOGANSPORT — More than 4,500 volunteers met at the Logansport Salvation Army before leaving to complete nearly 105 different projects throughout Logansport for Live United Day on Friday morning.

The 2012 Live United Day has been carefully planned for one year, said Joyce Mayhill, Executive Director of United Way of Cass County.

“The Live United day of action has, if possible, gone even more perfectly than planned,” Mayhill said. ”A lot of the projects in the community take skilled labor and we’ve had wonderful volunteers step up and help with that.”

Some of the project locations and events for Live United Day were work at Logansport’s Girl Scout camp, a mobile food pantry near Third Street, a community health fair, Huston Park, trails throughout town, all Cass County schools including Fairview Elementary, downtown Logansport and various residences that needed home projects.

Joyce Ameen, a board of director for Live United Day, said the community health fair offered free screening to the public. The nurses and people who donated their time for the health fair are trained professionals that make up an expert team, Ameen said.

The health fair included a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross, free screening where individuals could not only be tested but could have someone go over the results with them, an area for 10-minute exercises that the community could participate in, a booth that showed the heart of someone healthy and someone who smokes, and many more sections.

”These people donated their time because it’s the right thing to do,” Ameen said. “It’s a chance for local residents to get healthy and set good examples for their children.”

Along with the fair, other projects were available in the public. More than 10 volunteers spent the day putting together playground equipment for the students and community surrounding Fairview Elementary School.

Chris Hess, Fairview Elementary principal, said the playground wouldn’t have been possible without the help of United Way.

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