Sundog Volunteers Help Veteran’s Family for United Way’s Day of Caring Event

United Way hosts it’s 25th annual “day of caring” volunteer event.

This year, more than 400 seniors are getting a helping hand.

Volunteers are from across Clay and Cass Counties.

One home in Fargo has women from a local company helping a veteran and his wife by raking leaves, wiping windows and moving heavy objects.

They might be simple tasks, but they are a big help for Norman and Elaine Fosness.

“It’s something that you wouldn’t be able to do yourself,” said Elaine.

The group helping the Fosness family was given the day off from Sundog Interactive, a local marketing and technology firm.

“They support their employees supporting the community,” said Sundog volunteer Megan Glasow. “It’s something that’s important to me and important to Sundog.”

The group is just a few of the 1,600 volunteers helping seniors across the two counties.

“They’re really grateful for us coming out to help them and to visit,” said Sundog volunteer Crystal Aarke. “That’s a big part of it, just talking to new people, maybe they don’t get that company all the time.”

And the positive energy goes beyond the yard work.

“Anytime you can get your employees giving back and gaining more perspective on the world I think it definitely adds more value back in the office,” said Glasow.

The leaves may be in trash bins and the windows are clean, but the day isn’t over without one important project: lunch.

“When we get done with the work, I got a sandwich for them,” said Elaine. “Something to eat and we enjoy that together.”

To find out more about volunteer opportunities through United Way you can click here.

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