City, WTAMU unite for Day of Caring


  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

United Way Day of CaringThe United Way Day of Caring on Friday embraced the definition of community. As numerous Amarillo entities pulled together for community service, the City of Canyon and West Texas A&M University pitched in to make a positive impact in Canyon.

Despite cold temperatures and a ferocious wind, City and WTAMU staff, as well as students, volunteered their morning for a variety of service projects that went beyond City limits.

UWDOC2Palo Duro Canyon State Park benefited from a group that worked on the flower beds at the visitors’ center.


Just west of Canyon, the “Little 5th Wheel on the Prairie,” as the group called it, received some repairs. The volunteers worked on the home by caulking the windows, cleaning the roof and installing a fence. The fence will allow the child of the home to have a more secure place to be outdoors.


The City’s street department repaired potholes in the parking lot at the Canyon Senior Citizens Center. Those holes were causing those who visit the center to frequently trip. The repairs will not only improve the center but also be safer for the seniors who visit.


Volunteers also walked Palo Duro Creek to pick up trash that had collected over time. This not only improves the flow the creek but also enhances its visual appeal.

UWDOC3The parks department, along with WTAMU volunteers, worked on the new trails at Brown Road Soccer Complex. They packed and raked dirt around the trail to prepare it to be used this spring. This trail adds a place in Canyon to jog, walk or bike.

UWDOC4A Canyon family was able to get some repairs made to their home, thanks to one of the volunteer groups. The residents have been unable to keep up with repairs due to circumstances beyond their control. The group, including Mayor Gary Hinders, worked on the backyard, fence, front porch steps and various indoor projects, such as installing a new ceiling fan.

UWDOC6Volunteers said they enjoyed working in the community and helping neighbors, whether it be at their homes or in places they can spend time outside of the home. Events such as the Day of Caring is just one example of how United Way stands united in our Canyon.


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