By: The Enquirer Journal Editorial Board

Yesterday, the United Way of Central Carolinas-Union held its 25th annual Day of Caring. More than 1,200 volunteers of different backgrounds came together for one common purpose: to help their neighbor.

While the annual event is representative of the services and care offered by the nearly 80 agencies the United Way supports, it is also symbolic of the responsibility we have to care for one another.

With the recent events our nation has endured over the past several weeks, Saturday was a reminder of the positive impact a community can have when it joins together.

On Saturday morning, more than 130 different projects were completed across the county. These projects will have a lasting impact on both those who received the kindness and those who gave their time to complete the projects.

The Day of Caring event marks the beginning of United Way’s annual fund drive. An opportunity to financially support the programs offered through United Way and their agency partners. Through these programs United Way strives to improve the education, health and financial stability of individuals in our community.

Hopefully it will also mark the beginning of a time of caring for our region; carrying forward the kindness these 1,200 volunteers shared yesterday into the days, weeks and year ahead.