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United Way labors for others


Volunteers mark Day of Caring



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From top, Joe Coderre, Sebastian Pelka and Rob Norval paint part of the Sturbridge Senior Center. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 14, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Because she spends most of her days behind a desk and training staff at Southbridge Savings Bank, Sarah Clarke thought a day of real labor was a good idea.

She got it Wednesday by participating in United Way's Day of Caring, where scores of volunteers from area companies came together to paint, do yard work and build things for area nonprofit agencies and schools.

"I told them I wanted the most manual labor possible because I didn't want to paint," Clarke said as she and Rick Medeiros built the frames for raised-bed gardens at the Center of Hope's West Street site.

For Joe Coderre, painting outside at Sturbridge Senior Center gave him a chance to challenge a bit of acrophobia. From the top of a ladder, he said he has been delaying painting part of his house because he couldn't bring himself to do exactly what he was doing at that moment.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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