UMMS volunteers clean up Bell Pond during annual Day of Caring


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The UMMS volunteer team at the Sept. 15 Day of Caring included: front from left, Wendy Miller, Pat Keith, Joyce Barrett and Mike Gregory; back from left, John Ryan, Glady McRell Ciciotte and Jim Leary.


A group of UMass Medical School volunteers joined a group from UMass Memorial Health Care to clean up the Bell Pond Recreation area on Belmont Street as part of the annual United Way Day of Caring. The statewide event was established in 1992 to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together can accomplish for the community.

Nearly 15,000 men and women across the state, including 1,300 from Worcester, set aside their daily duties and went out in their local community on Wednesday, Sept. 15., to perform one-day projects. After a morning of hard work at Bell Pond, the UMMS group attended a luncheon held at the Mass College of Pharmacy, and heard talks by Worcester Mayor John O’Brien; Christopher Collins, president, Unum; and James Leary, vice chancellor for Community and Government Relations at UMMS, who spoke on behalf of Chancellor Michael F. Collins. Brothers Christopher and Michael Collins are the co-chairs for the United Way of Central Mass’ capital campaign.

Also participating from UMMS were: Glady McRell Ciciotte from the Office of Community Relations; John Ryan, a loaned executive to the United Way appointed by Chancellor Collins; Mike Gregory and Wendy Miller from Molecular Medicine; Pat Keith from Physiology; and Joyce Barrett from Molecular Genetics & Microbiology.