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Volunteers needed for Day of Caring

July 12, 2009

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Even though it is still three months until the United Way of Washington County's 2009 Day of Caring event, plans are being made now and volunteers are being recruited for the Oct 7. event.

The annual event mobilizes hundreds of volunteers throughout Washington County to work on a variety of service projects at nonprofit organizations.

Tasks include painting, yard work, cleaning, delivering agency literature and sorting food. Repairs and maintenance are also done at the homes of elderly and disabled residents.

A coordinating committee is being formed to plan and implement all facets of the event and will be comprised of several work groups, said Jenny Fleming, United Way community impact director.

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Volunteer responsibilities within these work groups include oversight and coordination of construction projects, preparing lunches for volunteers and coordinating the breakfast rally that kicks off the event.

In 2008, a bumper crop of 600 volunteers participated -- an increase of 200 volunteers from the previous year, Fleming said. It is anticipated that the number will increase dramatically in 2009, especially in light of the economy. As money becomes tight, companies and individuals seek other ways they can give back to their communities.

"The benefits of Day of Caring go beyond the accomplishment of much-needed projects," Fleming said. "It provides a meaningful experience for all parties involved and inspires continued volunteerism."

Sponsors are also being sought, especially to cover costs of project supplies.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or participating in the Day of Caring may contact Fleming at 301-739-8200, ext. 15.

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