|Color Dash to run through streets of Gering|
|May 28, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Color Dash volunteers from the United Way and First State Bank test the paint to be used in the upcoming Color Dash, scheduled for May 29 through Gering.
This Saturday be on the lookout for splashes of color in downtown Gering as the third annual Color Dash runs through Gering on Saturday, May 30.
The 5K fun run/walk starts at 8 a.m. at Five Rocks Amphitheater as the route winds around Gering and back to Five Rocks. Along the way, local businesses at a number of “splash stations” will douse participants in non-toxic and biodegradable paint. Participants will enjoy pit stops throughout the race as well, where local businesses and sponsors will be passing out goodies and then enjoy a color dance party after they cross the finish line.
Last year, there were almost 1,500 people participating in the fun event for the entire family. This year, organizers anticipate an estimated 2,000 runners to finish the race after being completely transformed by vibrant color.
Entries are still being accepted at the United Way website: unitedwayofwesternnebraska.com
“This is fun way to kick off summer before it gets too hot,” said Special Events and Marketing Coordinator Jeana Allen.
Along with the Rubber Duck Dash coming up in July, United Way hosts numerous fun events throughout the year to help its member agencies as they reach out to meet real community needs.
One of 19 organizations United Way supports is the Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center. In addition to financial support, the Volunteer Center is provided with office space with United Way, and volunteers often help each other out on projects.
“The United Way is a very important part of our organization,” said Volunteer Center Director Jill Allen. “We partner with them when people need community help so they can continue operating.”
Operating capital is always a challenge for service groups in the community, whether they’re helping disabled children and adults, providing recreational facilities for the neighborhood or providing emergency shelter for domestic abuse victims.
Programs administered by the Volunteer Center include Meals on Wheels, Shopping for Seniors and Home Delivered Commodities.
“Without funding from the United Way, we wouldn’t be able to survive as an organization,” Jill said.
This campaign season’s United Way member agencies include the Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House Transitional Age Program, Disability Rights Nebraska, DOVES, CAPWN Foster Grandparents Program, NCAP Foster Grandparents Program, Guadalupe Center, Monument Family Connections, Panhandle Independent Living Services, Respite Program, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Scottsbluff/Gering Soup Kitchen, Scottsbluff Senior Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children, and the CAPWN Western Nebraska Child Development Center.