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Women's Shelter Gets Facelift through United Way's "Day of Caring"

The Family Violence center of Springfield helps women and children that are victims of abuse establish new lives by providing a safe-haven as well as other services such as counseling. Today, dozens of volunteers worked to fix it up for the residents. KSMU’s Emma Wilson reports.

Each year, the United Way of the Ozarks organizes hundreds of people to volunteer at various non-profits around Southwest Missouri for the “Day of Caring.” The Family Violence Center put the volunteers to work on a variety of different chores, from building a new play area to folding their annual newsletter. The executive director of the center, Rodney Dwyer, led me around the facility to the various projects.

“This is Dawn with TSA. They are painting a mural on the side of our childcare building so that as residents approach childcare they are greeted with a nice presentation as opposed to a blank wall”

The colorful mural taking shape brightens up the play area outside. A total of 1600 people volunteered today around the Ozarks as part of United Way’s “Day of Caring.”

For KSMU News, I’m Emma Wilson