By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Volunteers were out in force last week, making a difference and lending a hand to nonprofit agencies in the area.
The annual Granite United Way Day of Caring was held Sept. 11, joining volunteers representing businesses all over the region with agencies who need a hand with general chores and other projects.
More than 500 people volunteered at various locations in the Greater Derry and Manchester areas.
In Derry, volunteer Eric Leuteritz arrived at The Upper Room to help the agency with some painting.
Leuteritz represented Pentucket Bank and said he was happy to be part of the Day of Caring.
“The bank is actively involved in the community,” he said. “We like to give back as much as possible and there is a consistent need to help organizations.”
The Upper Room appreciated the help.
Executive director Kimberly Bavaro said having volunteers come every year helps the nonprofit agency with tasks that may not otherwise get done quickly, due to time and staffing constraints.
“It’s so important to us as a nonprofit,” she said. “We don’t have resources or a lot of maintenance. All this means a lot. We really rely on the generosity of volunteers to help us.”
Other Day of Caring volunteers helped at Meals on Wheels and Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, pitching in to help with landscaping, painting and helping prepare meals.