Anyone arriving at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) in Afton on September 25 would have seen a full parking lot and intense work activity sponsored by the United Way Day of Caring. The University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies (UVA-SCPS) provided 15 volunteers who joined with eight volunteers from Pepsi of Central Virginia and other local volunteers for the task of sprucing up the RVCC.
Projects included a cleanup of the walking trail along Mallory Creek with Nelson County Master Gardeners, trimming the building’s surrounding landscape and wrapping up the kitchen renovation with exterior painting.
David Gellner, an IT manager from Cory Farm in Crozet, teamed up with his new SCPS boss and IT Director, Chris Reinicke. The pair brought their own electric trimmers and went to work on the enormously overgrown shrubs flanking the walkway to the rear entrance. Pepsi of Central Virginia volunteers did a complete painting of the interior east hallway facing the renovated kitchen.
The United Way Day of Caring hosts this yearly event in September. This year nearly 2,000 volunteers completed 200 projects in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Greene Counties. As a non-profit, RVCC has welcomed these volunteers for the past several years and is always grateful for this showing of community support.
In 2019, a logo design contest was added for high school students, and the winning designer was Brandan Allen of Western Albemarle High School.
More information on the event is available at unitedway tja.org/uw-events/day-of-caring