After only an hour in to painting the interior of a 100-year-old building Friday morning at Quest Recovery and Prevention Services, the hallways already appeared brighter.

After only an hour in to painting the interior of a 100-year-old building Friday morning at Quest Recovery and Prevention Services, the hallways already appeared brighter.

Ten volunteers from R. J. Reynolds were busy painting the Smith House, which serves as a residence for teens in programs at Quest. They joined more than 1,000 volunteers from area businesses and organizations around Stark County who were hard at work Friday painting, cleaning, doing yard work and finishing other projects for United Way of Greater Stark County’s 21st annual Day of Caring.

The day also serves as the 2014 annual United Way campaign kickoff. This year’s fundraising goal is $6.75 million.

 When the campaign began Sept. 11, businesses already had contributed $1.7 million toward this year’s goal, said Bill Burgess, vice president of marketing and communications.

The campaign runs through Dec. 12.

Volunteers in western Stark County worked on projects at the YMCA of Western Stark County and the David YMCA, the Massillon Senior Center, Massillon Museum, and other locations.  

Approximately 6,012 hours of service will be donated to the community by Day of Caring volunteers, according to a United Way news release. This is a value of $128,657 of sweat equity, it noted.

“This helps us a lot,” said Mike Garcar, development and marketing coordinator with Quest Recovery and Prevention Services. “It brightens things up for the staff and boys who stay here.”

To make a donation, visit www.uwstark.org and click on “Give.”