Submitted by United Way of Thurston County

On September 30 and October 1 over 700 volunteers will join together for United Way of Thurston County’s 2016 Day(s) of Caring. Working on over 41 projects for 27 nonprofit agencies, volunteers will be working a variety of projects involving shovels, paintbrushes, gloves, and lots and lots of smiles regardless of the weather forecast.

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Volunteers from Anchor Bank at United Way’s Day of Caring 2015 painted the alleyway near Bratdorf & Bronson.

“From school sports teams, workplace groups and families, our community is coming together to help complete some great and much- needed projects. Day of Caring is one of the most important things we undertake each year,” noted Paul Knox, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County. “We know that people want to get involved in helping with community needs, but they don’t know where to start. Day of Caring gets them active right away and connects them to our larger volunteerism efforts through Volunteer Thurston.”

Friday will feature work projects from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by an Appreciation Party at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. On Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 a.m. Congressman Denny Heck will join the Morning Kick Off Party at West Central Park (corner of Harrison and Division). Projects continue on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chris Edwards, who is featured on this year’s event poster, was surprised and honored when he realized he had been selected as Mr. Day of Caring. Edwards will be volunteering for the fourth year with his workplace team and his brand new fiancée at Nisqually Land Trust.

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Projects will occur throughout Thurston County on Septmeber 30 and October 1.

Stacy Hicks, Volunteer Programs Coordinator at United Way of Thurston County noted, “Throughout Thurston, United Way is leading the way to help struggling families and children have better lives. Living united means creating and building community, which is exactly what we do on these special days of service. It’s so nice to feel the enthusiasm for our work and the see impact that this will be for our community.”

Participants are invited to shared their experiences using the hashtag #UWTCCares.

Projects and Supporting Teams are listed below.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County – Tumwater

Hutchinson Dental

Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County – Lacey

The Valley Athletic Club

Catholic Community Services/Volunteer Chore Services


Catholic Community Services/Volunteer Chore Services

Washington Health Insurance Agency

Catholic Housing Services

Umpqua Bank

Center for Natural Lands Management

Puget Sound Energy


Women’s Leadership Council, TAGS

Community Youth Services – Haven House

Express Employment Professionals

Community Youth Services – Brighter Futures

InterCity Transit

Family Support Center

WLC, Thurston Chamber Young Professionals


OBee Credit Union

Homes First!


Homes First!


Homes First!



Harborstone, Lacey Sunrise Lions

Nature Nurtures Farm

Heritage Bank, Community Youth Services, TCBA, Serendipity Academy

Nisqually Land Trust

Townsend Security, Olympia Federal Savings

Olympia Kiwanis

Providence St. Peter


HDR, L&I Retro Rating Program

South Sound Reading Foundation

WA State Executive Assistants Group, Zonta

The Salvation Army


Thurston County Food Bank – Morning Floor Support

Anchor Bank

Thurston County Food Bank – Holiday Food Sort

Twinstar Credit Union

Thurston County Food Bank- Afternoon Floor Support

GHB Insurance

Tenino Quarryhouse Rejuventation


City of Lacey – Food Bank Drive

Engineered Software, Inc; St. Martin’s University

October 01, 2016

Center for Natural Lands Management


City of Olympia Park Stewardship Program

DDS Social Awareness Committee

Nature Nurtures Farm

MPA Alumni

Olympia Downtown Association

Community Youth Services; Target #1355

Olympia Kiwanis – Firewood Project

St. Martin’s University

YWCA Olympia

Women’s Leadership Council


Women’s Leadership Council

City of Tumwater

Tumwater Rotary; TOGETHER!


Target Distribution Center

West Central Park Project

Evergreen Christian Community, Edward Jones

City of Lacey – Food Bank Drive

City of Lacey, Indian Summer Heritage Bank

Providence Health International

Association of WA Cities

Tenino Quarryhouse Rejuventation

St. Martin’s University

Rebuilding Together

Cayzen Technologies

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