ASHLAND —  The Ashland County United Way Kay Conrad Day of Caring is in its 28th year and continues to grow and expand the number of county residents receiving volunteer services during the event.

This volunteer event was the vision of the late Kay Conrad, who felt that volunteerism and service to others is the cornerstone for a strong community. Her legacy continues and her presence is felt by many during this important day. 

Teams are assigned to multiple homes in Ashland County and includes yard work, exterior cleaning, and small exterior jobs. This volunteer day meets the needs of Ashland County residents who are unable to complete yard work and winterizing of homes necessary before the start of winter.

Referrals for this program are made primarily through United Way Partner Agencies such as Ashland County Council on Aging, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Appleseed Mental Health, and others.

United Way of Ashland County matches home requests and volunteer teams to provide the services requested by the resident. October is Domestic Violence month and the T-shirts for the day are purple to show support to for the cause. 

Volunteer teams this year are comprised of local businesses, partner agencies, clubs, and residents.

“We are very excited about our 2022 Day of Caring. Every year we work incredibly hard to make sure that we are providing a meaningful event for our residents,” said Stacy Schiemann, Executive Director of United Way. “This is our biggest year ever with 305 volunteers filling 31 volunteer teams will make a difference to 100 homes across Ashland County.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community to come together and make a vast impact to our county in a concentrated period of time. Ashland County has amazing businesses that have made volunteerism a part of their work culture. These businesses not only encourage their staff to participate but have sponsored entire teams for the day to make a difference in Ashland County.”

All areas of the county will be reached with teams located in Ashland, West Salem, Loudonville, Perrysville, and Greenwich. 

Organizers stated they would like to thank the following sponsors for making this important day a success, Presenting Sponsor: Whitcomb & Hess.

Media Sponsor: Charles River.

Lunch Sponsors for the volunteers & residents: Bill Harris & The Chevy Network, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, First Energy Foundation, Trinity Lutheran Church, Park National Bank, and BCU Electric.

Supply Sponsor: University Hospital Samaritan Medical Center.

Tee Shirt Sponsors: Aber’s Truck Center, American Legion Post #88, Ashland Young Professionals, Bill Harris & The Chevy Network, Bo Lacey Constructions, Brethren Care Village, Coldwell Banker Ward Real Estate, Comfort Control, Ditz & Armstrong Accounting, Edward Jones-Mark McBride, Frontier Communications, Guenther Mechanical, Johnson Auto Body & Repair, Lighthouse Wealth Management, LSS – The Lutheran Village Assisted Living, LSS – The Good Shepherd, Marilyn Ferguson, Moritz Materials, Pioneer National Latex, Schoonover Industries, Spire Advertising, Spreng-Smith Agency, The City of Ashland, The Conrad Family, The Inn at Ashland Woods, Tremco and Truax Printing.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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