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Day of Caring Helps Out

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It's United Way's annual Day of Caring when lots of helpers go to various organizations around town.

Dozens of volunteers have been spending time at the Friendship House to help with some much-needed touch-up work.

"Our staff is spread thin," said Jessica Sprattler, Friendship House program coordinator. "Mostly our staff works with our children after school and these are some of the things that just don't get done around here. So it's a huge help."

Volunteers came out for united way's annual day of caring. Anderson ZurMuehlen, the City of Billings, Passages, and Billings Federal Credit Union were the four groups at the site.

"The huge group as a whole on Day of Caring here makes a huge statement to the community, as a whole, that there are people who care about our community here in Billings and Yellowstone County," said Kathy Smolenski, a volunteer from Anderson ZurMuehlen.

The organization provides after school care for students.

"It's great for our kids," Sprattler said. "We have a group that's actually organizing their books and throwing out the old ones and fixing them. So they'll be really excited tomorrow when they come and they see all their books in a nice order. We do a lot of community service learning projects with our kids, so it's nice to see people from the neighborhood come in and do what we do for them too."

Forty volunteers went to the Friendship House to clean the buses and classrooms, paint the kitchen and doors, and organize books.

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