Several United Way events coming up soon

MORGANTOWN – United Way is always doing something in the community, but come spring, we kick it into high gear as event season normally starts.

Last year, because of the pandemic, many events had to be canceled, but we’re back this year, planning some in-person events with social distancing and other precautions.

So, mark your calendars and save these dates, because there are some great gatherings coming up. Grab your masks, and we’ll see you there.

- 29th Annual Day of Caring (May 12) – Volunteers, get ready to do good. Day of Caring is returning May 12 at various locations across Monongalia and Preston counties. We’re so excited to have Summit Community Bank as the sponsor this year. The event draws participants from companies and organizations to help local service agencies on a variety of projects, all in one day. The projects run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. this year so that more volunteers can participate while following all social distancing guidelines. Instead of an in-person kick-off gathering this year, volunteers will be emailed a Zoom link for a virtual kick-off to welcome them to the event and give insights about the rest of the day. To sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities, click here.

- Blue and Gold Mine Sale (May 15) – The annual event is back this year in a new location. The huge sale will be held May 15 at the event tent on the south side of Bennett Tower on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. The early bird sale, which costs $5 admission, is from 7-8:30 a.m. Then regular, free admission begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until noon. Masks are required on the WVU campus, and proper protocols for physical distancing will be followed. Learn more about the sale and see a map of the new location with parking areas here. There are also plenty of donation and volunteer opportunities with this one. For more information, follow the WVU United Way Campaign Facebook page.

- Preston Mobile Food Pantry (May 17) – Mountaineer Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry will be back at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood on May 17. Preston County residents who are in need of food are encouraged to visit the mobile pantry. The pantry is open from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last. Attendees should enter through the S. Price St. Buckwheat Fairgrounds entrance. One box of food will be given to each vehicle.

- Generation Morgantown 2nd Annual Mini Golf Tournament (June 27) – Putt-putt players, this is your chance to prove you’re the best mini-golfer in town and give back to the community at the same time. Generation Morgantown and United Way Emerging Leaders are hosting its mini-golf tournament from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27 at Morgantown Miniature Golf. Teams of 4 will be $60 ($15 per person), and they will receive 18 holes of mini golf and a meal after their rounds. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit Generation Morgantown and the United Way. Sign up at here.

- Power of the Purse (Aug. 19) – If you’re a designer purse enthusiast, this one’s a can’t miss night of fun with friends. The Women United-hosted Power of the Purse is on track to return Aug. 19 at the Erickson Alumni Center. There will be drawings and silent auctions for dozens of mid- to high-end purses, as well as food, drinks and entertainment. Proceeds from the event fund Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in our community. The Imagination Library provides one free book each month to children ages birth-5. Tickets for the event aren’t available just yet, but find out more about Power of the Purse here.