Nearly 50 Basin Electric volunteers pitch in for Day of Caring at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

Day-of-Caring---Papas-Pumpkin-Patch-2016-8A team of almost 50 people converged on Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Aug. 10 to clean, repair and build as part of Missouri Slope Areawide United Way Day of Caring.

The group of 49 volunteers – 44 of them Basin Electric employees – worked on projects such as installation of steel roofing above the corn pit, cleaning up dead trees, painting and staining, rebuilding a tree fort, and wagon repair and assembly.

Basin Electric employees Jackie Fleck and Jennifer Krogstad served as team co-captains.


Tracey Krusi (left) and Jesse Huber wash wagons to help get Papa’s Pumpkin Patch ready for its 2016 season.

“The projects we took on at the pumpkin patch took our team only a few hours. Without our help, Papa’s stated that it would take them weeks to complete these tasks on their own. It’s amazing what can be completed when a team comes together,” Fleck says. “As an employee of Basin, I can’t even begin to express my appreciation for allowing our team to donate their time, provide us with the safety supplies and lunch to participate in such an event.”

“Community efforts such as United Way’s Day of Caring are an important way for local businesses to give back to our community,” Krogstad says. “Each year our number of Day of Caring volunteers seems to increase, which is a true testament to how much Basin Electric’s employees believe in bettering our community.”

More than 1,000 volunteers spent the day fixing, cleaning, organizing, creating, building, and offering a helping hand to local nonprofits throughout the Bismarck-Mandan community as part of Day of Caring.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, which opens for the season Sept. 11, supports more than 50 local volunteer groups and charities by donating the money they make throughout their season.

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