Abingdon, VA (August 31, 2016) – With so much work to be done by first responders, it’s difficult to find time to do routine maintenance of their facilities. Such is the case across the entire region of Southwest Virginia, which is why United Way of Southwest Virginia is hosting a region-wide 9/11 Week of Service to show support and give back to first responders.

July through August, first responders submitted projects to the United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Volunteer Center, including cleaning, general maintenance, painting, or providing a meal to a first responder. Many of those projects have been assigned to volunteers across the region, including groups from Ridgeview High School, Gate City United Methodist Church, and Crutchfield Corporation.

United Way is still seeking volunteers from the area to fulfill one of the largest projects submitted – the painting of fifty fire hydrants in Hiltons, VA. This project will serve as the start of the entire 9/11 Week of Service; the kick-off will begin next Wednesday, September 7, at 10am at the Hiltons Volunteer Fire Department, with Henry Hartsock, volunteer fire fighter and Eastman employee, providing a how-to demonstration.  All supplies for the project’s completion will be provided and volunteers will receive a free, commemorative “9/11 Week of Service” t-shirt, made possible from sponsors like Clifton Companies and Farris Funeral Services.

“We’ve received project submissions from the Clintwood Volunteer Fire Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office,” said Debby Loggans, Manager of the United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Volunteer Center. “Most projects have volunteers committed, but we still need more volunteers to paint fire hydrants in Hiltons. It’s a really great way to give back by participating in a simple act of service that makes a huge difference – not just with the fire department, but with the entire town.”

Individual volunteers or groups from schools, businesses, churches, and civic groups interested in participating in the Hiltons project on September 7, or any of the 9/11 Week of Service projects, are encouraged to contact Debby Loggans with the United Way of Southwest Virginia Volunteer Center at 276.525-4101 or dloggans@unitedwayswva.org.



United Way of Southwest Virginia is a volunteer organization providing support and visibility through tools, partners, advocacy, and other resources to advance the common good.  United Way mobilizes thousands of people to give, advocate and volunteer to improve education, help people achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives across Southwest Virginia.  United Way of Southwest Virginia covers over 5,860 square miles, approximately 15% of the state of Virginia, and more than 350,000 residents in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton. For more information on United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit netnswvarelief.wpengine.com.