United Way's annual Day of Caring, which in the past has focused on things like sprucing up county parks and removing graffiti from city buildings, will focus on seven non-profit agencies' needs July 19 with an army of more than 150 volunteers. We commend this effort, which will save contributors' dollars for more important uses.
Armed with a $10,000 donation from Citicorp Credit Services, the volunteers who begin work at 7 a.m. that day will (among other things) wash windows, paint, install a computer and software system, tear up old carpet and lay new floor coverings and replace or repair damaged ceiling tiles.
These jobs may seem like routine maintenance, but they're much more. For those who can't volunteer on a weekly basis, or whose talents are construction-related, Day of Caring provides a way to get involved by doing a lot in a short period of time.
Day of Caring also gives the volunteers in those agencies (and the clients they serve) more pleasant surroundings for their activities, whether it's a parenting class being held by the Parent-Child Center or counseling through Catholic Charities.