Issaquah nursing home receives help on Day of Caring

September 16, 2011

By Staff

Day of Caring volunteers, employees from Aerojet, plant in a rejuvenated courtyard at Providence Marianwood during a countywide service project Friday. By Arlene Carter

NEW — 10 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Friday as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.

Employees from Aerojet, Mutual of Enumclaw and PeaceHealth set aside normal workplace duties to participate in the Day of Caring at Providence Marianwood. Elsewhere in King County, United Way-affiliated volunteers assisted in projects at nonprofit organizations, parks and schools.

Providence Marianwood administrators submitted a request for help on a large gardening project as a possible Day of Caring site. The facility is celebrating 25 years and, as part of the milestone, staffers and volunteers started to rejuvenate a courtyard earlier in the summer. The overgrown courtyard space received a boost from 14 Aerojet employees and 10 PeaceHealth employees Friday.

The volunteers yanked roots from invasive ground cover. The team also weeded the gardens, and pruned bushes and plants. Then, at the end of the day, volunteers laid weed cloth and added more plants.

Meanwhile, Mutual of Enumclaw volunteers took on the project of painting the alcoves of all the resident rooms in the long-term care area.

Because Providence Marianwood is a nonprofit organization, the nursing home relies on the generosity of volunteers to contribute time and energy to help the residents.

Overall, Day of Caring organizers estimated participants contributing more than 6,000 hours in volunteer labor Friday.

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