WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Many extra hands put a fresh coat of caring on Washington County this year.
Volunteerism was up more than 15 percent Wednesday, this year's Day of Caring, according to Jenny Fleming, the community impact director for United Way of Washington County.
About 700 people helped with fix-it-up projects throughout the county, compared to 600 last year, she said.
After gathering in the morning for breakfast at Hagerstown Community College, individuals and 33 teams scattered to 60 sites to work.
Memorial Recreation Center needed help with its kitchen. Leiters' Fine Catering of Williamsport was there.
It was time for new paint inside and outside of Girls Inc. Citi workers grabbed brushes.
The Western Maryland Hospital Center grounds were due for landscaping. Valley Mall employees got their hands dirty.
Fleming said word about Day of Caring spreads quickly; several people a day inquire about taking part.
It was the first time for Traci Carter, who works in Citi's fraud early management department. She said she wanted to help Girls Inc. in Hagerstown because it's a safe after-school place.