Upshur County Association of School Retirees members have a heart for serving others with their time, talents and finances.
This year, the group's volunteer hours totaled 28,446 - an increase of 4,046 over the 2011 total. Many UCARSE members spend time as caregivers, while others are doing church or civic activities, teaching a Sunday school class, serving on various committees or volunteering at a school.
Each year the unit packs 100 "Blizzard Boxes," which are distributed by the local senior center. These boxes are funded by UCARSE members' monetary donations at the fall meetings.
Charlotte Eskew, center, president of the Upshur County Association of School Retirees, is shown here with the first $1,000 scholarship recipients, Diana Kimble, left, and Taylor Skelton.
The group recently voted to double the value of the two annual scholarships it awards. This year instead of $500, each of the two recipients were given a $1,000 scholarship.
This year UCARSE also increased its memorial scholarship contribution at the WVARSE Annual Council.
The members focus their efforts on the WVARSE Leadership Conference theme: "To serve and not to be served."