BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Nearly 1,000 volunteers, representing 70 companies, partnered with local non-profits today as part of United Way's "Day of Caring."
Together, the volunteers completed more than 75 local projects. One of those projects took place at the Barren River Area Safe Space.
Behind the BRASS buildings lays a garden in honor of Sara, a young victim of abuse who planted a marigold seed one day after school.
"She found some cardboard and printed on it, "Sara's garden," and looked up at us and said now you'll never forget me," Executive Director, Lee Alcott said.
Alcott says that moment was unforgettable.
"We decided not to forget her so we started a living legacy garden in 2002 with two trees and now it has grown."
Over the years, the garden has grown in memory of many domestic abuse victims.
"We plant trees for women who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence and also to acknowledge community partners who come to help us, such as U.S. Bank, with their incredible volunteer effort today," Alcott said.
More than 30 U.S. Bank employees volunteered to spruce up the garden by planting, trimming, and taking care of the lawn.
"Most of southern Kentucky doesn't know this garden exists. For the women who go through domestic violence, this is one of those healing places they can spend time and try to recover their lives. So, it's a very important place for the community that we serve and a very important place for our community volunteers to be a part of," President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky's, Steve Wallace said.
Meanwhile, inside, tables of toys, children's clothing, and toiletry items were up for grabs. Many women also took the opportunity to participate in the pamper party to receive a full make-over. Laurel Brown says she is thankful for the volunteers who made her feel special.
"Thank you very much to all the women at BRASS. We appreciate it so much. We are all smiling for ear-to-ear. We would really like to thank United Way."
If you would like to become a United Way volunteer, you can register online at www.uwsk.org.