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United Way Day of Caring in the Eastern Panhandle is Sept. 11

September 03, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Organizers of the United Way Day of Caring in the Eastern Panhandle are encouraging local businesses and residents to show they care about their community by donating their time on this day of service.

This year's Day of Caring will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. For more than a decade, the United Way Day of Caring has provided opportunities for the Eastern Panhandle to participate in projects that benefit local nonprofit organizations and their clients.

"We are excited about the opportunity to rally more than 1,000 volunteers to help with more than 85 projects in the three-county area," said event chairwoman Joanne Wadsworth. "Projects range from painting and cleaning to building wheelchair ramps and adding a porch to a home."

The Day of Caring official kickoff will be at 7:30 a.m. at Morgan's Grove Park in Shepherdstown, W.Va., with breakfast provided by WVU Hospitals-East. Following breakfast, volunteers will report to their project sites to perform a variety of community service activities.

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Volunteers will then gather at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.

All Day of Caring volunteers are asked to bring items for the Day of Caring Mega Food Drive to either the kickoff site or to their project site. Additionally, the public is encouraged to help stock local food pantry shelves by donating food items to the Mega Food Drive. These nonperishable food items can be dropped off at any bank in the Eastern Panhandle.

People and groups interested in volunteering may contact the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle at 304-596-5529 or visit the Web site at www.uwayep.org.

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