FARGO, N.D. – About a dozen employees from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead fanned out across the Fargo-Moorhead metro area to assist senior homeowners such as Norm Felde with keeping up with their yard work.
Rather than report to work at The Forum, the company allowed the volunteers to go out into the community and assist their neighbors, people like 89-year-old Felde.
The Forum employees participating were: Fred Greer, Diane Lee, Nicole Shanenko, Heidi Tetzman, Alyssa Wiedenmeyer, Sonjia Anderson, Todd Holland, Tim Couchman, Tracy Frank, Lloyd Hoffarth and Don Nicholson.
During the event, teams of four to six co-workers, classmates and friends went to the homes of seniors, where they spent the afternoon helping with housework and yard work.
“Most seniors tell us staying in their home and owning a home is hard after a while,” said Kristina Hein, United Way marketing director. “So, to just have a crew come in even once is helpful, and it’s really why we do it.”
United Way of Cass-Clay, which saw a 20 percent increase in volunteers this year, aims to bring the community together to improve lives.
“It went well,” said Forum volunteer Couchman. “It was a lot of fun visiting with our two people, they were great and appreciative.”
Read more about the United Way’s Day of Caring in Forum reporter Maureen McMullen’s story titled “Volunteers spread throughout Fargo-Moorhead during United Way’s Day of Caring.”
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., which is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.