Carter-May Home, St. Joseph Residence benefit from a Day of Caring

CHARLESTON — The Carter-May Home received some needed repairs thanks to the Day of Caring, a community service event sponsored by the Trident United Way that helps nonprofit organizations.

According to Janine Bauder, administrator of the Carter-May Home and St. Joseph’s Residence, nonprofits can list projects on the United Way Web site and local businesses will sign up to do the work.

All the projects are done on Sept. 11, or the second Monday of September each year, with a few exceptions.

“This year we posted three projects and all were chosen,” Bauder said.  “JW Aluminum built us a gazebo in front of the priest wing and a raised garden behind our building. They laid the cement walkways and patios needed for those projects and provided all of the supplies.”

Volunteers from the State Ports Authority put together a patio out of pavers and bricks, creating a sitting area at the back of the property. Eddie Woods, who handles maintenance for the Diocese of Charleston’s West Chancery office, will lay the pavement for a sidewalk to the area later.

Bauder said all supplies were donated and they provided lunch.

“Needless to say it was a busy day-from 8 a.m. on,” she said. “It was a really great event: a way for the community to see what we are doing to care for elderly and priests, a way for businesses to volunteer and  give, and a way for us to improve what we have and are doing with little cost to us.”

According to its mission statement, Trident United Way is an organization in the Lowcountry designed to bring together people, businesses, government and agencies to determine the most pressing human service problems and develop the resources to solve them.