It was hard to tell who was having more fun taking part in a Sept. 11 bowling game at Goodwill Columbus' Grandview-area headquarters.

It was hard to tell who was having more fun taking part in a Sept. 11 bowling game at Goodwill Columbus' Grandview-area headquarters.

Certainly the individuals with disabilities who are participants in Goodwill's programs were excited as they rolled golf balls down a small ramp in order to strike miniature wooden pins.

But Walter Meeks, an employee of Glimcher Realty who was helping to run the game, was all smiles, too.

"This is fun. I really like this," Meeks said as he pulled the lever that reset the pins after they were knocked down. "We're having a ball."

Meeks was one of more than 100 employees from four local businesses who spent the day at Goodwill participating in Community Care Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the United Way of Central Ohio, is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations such as Goodwill.

Along with Glimcher, employees from Grange Insurance, Mettler Toledo and Willis of Ohio served as volunteers at Goodwill in a variety of activities.

While some volunteers helped by running carnival games, others assisted Goodwill participants in creating artwork, helped to reorganize agency storage areas, made greeting cards for the 23 residents who live at Goodwill, or helped to conduct mock job interviews at Goodwill's Workforce Development program.

Some volunteers also were involved in washing wheelchairs for Goodwill's program participants.

Volunteers help out at Goodwill throughout the year, but Community Care Day is always special, said Kat Ellery, Goodwill's volunteer coordinator.

"The biggest benefit for our participants is the extra dose of attention they get on this day," Ellery said. "There is a lot of opportunity for one-on-one attention."

Goodwill staff members appreciate the volunteers' help in getting some unfinished tasks completed, such as reorganizing the storage areas, she said.

"I love to bring people into our world and show off all the aspects of Goodwill's mission," Ellery said. "I love to blow people's minds with all we do. Most people don't realize the variety of programs we have here."

Count Meeks as one who learned a lot about Goodwill by volunteering.

"I had no idea Goodwill has so much going on here," he said. "Like most people, I knew about the Goodwill stores, but I didn't know all the things they support."

John Walker, an employee with Willis of Ohio, was washing wheelchairs on an outdoor patio.

"It's great to be a part of this. You get a lot of personal satisfaction," Walker said. "To see the smiles on people's faces and their appreciation for what you're doing for them, it's really fulfilling."

T.J. Faulkner of Mettler Toledo said he wanted to participate in the Community Care Day to give something back to the community.

"I'm lucky enough to have a great job and it's nice to come out and do something for others," he said.

Faulkner said he was inspired by seeing how Goodwill's participants triumph over the issues they deal with on a daily basis.

"This is an amazing place," he said. "I'm definitely going to come back here next year."