UCT members, ROC teens to join hands for project

SALEM – Members of Salem UCT 590 plan to join forces with some teens from the ROC of Salem for a community project Saturday, all part of an effort to become more community-involved.

“We wanted to come up with some type of program the youth could do and the council members could do together,” Salem UCT 590 secretary Homer Huprich said.

They’ll be spreading some mulch in the parking lot area near the duck pond at Waterworth Memorial Park.

The fact that they’re doing the project this Saturday is no coincidence, since it’s recognized nationally as Join Hands Day, a volunteer day for adults and young people to bond through a shared project.

“The whole idea is to join hands with the youth and do something good for the community,” Huprich said.

UCT is United Commercial Travelers of America, a fraternal benefits organization. He explained that the UCT has been trying to get councils more involved in their communities. Join Hands Day is a national volunteer day that many organizations use as a day to serve the community.

The ROC of Salem, which provides teens with a place to socialize in a Christian setting, receives donations from UCT and Huprich thought maybe they could capitalize on that relationship and spoke to the ROC director Eric Hamilton. He also spoke to Parks Foreman Jim Grimm and Parks Recreation Supervisor Shane Franks about projects they could do in the city parks. A list was compiled and the decision was made to spread mulch.

“I’m excited about getting this project going,” Huprich said.

The parks department will have the mulch on hand and UCT members will bring tools. Members signed up to either do the work or help oversee the picnic afterwards, with food items and everything donated by UCT members. They wanted the teens to have some fun after doing the work. He said they’re hoping to make it an annual event.

UCT holds the Salem Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park every year, donates to worthy causes, provides activities and parties for students at Robert Bycroft School and sponsors a soap box racer for the Quakertown Super Kids Classic, which is for children with special needs.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month (except for June) at the Perkins Restaurant on U.S. Route 62 in Knox Township. Anyone interested in joining can contact Huprich at 330-537-4432.