In eight days, on June 24, The United Way of Bartholomew County will conduct its second annual Day of Caring. The full-day event connects community members with local nonprofit and volunteer groups for assistance.

Help can take the form of yard cleanup, flower planting, painting and home repairs, for example.

Last year’s event proved to be a success. More than 500 people volunteered, providing about 2,500 combined hours of work worth an estimated $35,000. That’s what you call lending a hand.

Organizers still could use more volunteers this year to provide needed assistance for residents, and in beautifying the community — such as cleaning up the People Trails.

Columbus area residents have a strong history of pitching in for these types of local improvement efforts.

For those who like to help with causes, this is a good one, and a perfect opportunity to help the community.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Joy King by email at, or call 812-314-2960 to register.