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Tenco participates in Day of Caring

Sep 28, 2016
MENDY McADAMS/submitted photo Tenco employees and United Way volunteers work together cleaning up a flowerbed now lined with hostas and mulch.

The Wapello County United Way Annual Day of Caring was held Sept. 13. A number of Tenco employees partnered with a dynamic duo of volunteers to help spruce up the yard surrounding one of Tenco’s residential homes, which needed yard maintenance.

An entire morning consisted of trimming branches, raking up leaves, cleaning, mulching, and creating flower beds. Ground surfaces were replaced with mulch, flowers, and rock. Weeds and branches were cleared from flowerbeds and fence line. The home’s residents continue to remark how nice their yard looks.

The two United Way volunteers, Stephen Pollock of John Deere Ottumwa Works and Marshall Dias of US Bank, were instrumental in improving the appearance of the yard surrounding the residential clients’ home. The volunteers were treated to lunch after their hard work and took a tour of the Tenco facility on Gateway Dive in Ottumwa. Both intend to continue their volunteerism in the community including at Tenco.

The Day of Caring brings nonprofits and volunteers together to complete volunteer projects that make a real impact in the community. Day of Caring is the United Way’s largest one-day volunteer event of the year. Tenco is proud of its employees for volunteering in the Day of Caring as well and look forward to participating next year.

Tenco is a nonprofit local corporation currently serving more than 300 people with disabilities. Founded in 1965, Tenco is celebrating over 50 years of service to the people of southern Iowa and throughout the state. To carry out its good work, Tenco has vocational centers in Ottumwa, Centerville, and Fairfield and also provides residential services in Van Buren, Marion, Appanoose, Mahaska, Wapello, Lucas, and Jefferson counties.


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