Over 500 Volunteers Expected to Participate in United Way of Thurston County’s 26th Annual Day of Caring

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Volunteers, including United Way of Thurston County board member, Charles Shelan, help chop and stack firewood for Olympia Kiwanis during Day of Caring 2017. Photo courtesy: United Way of Thurston County

Submitted by United Way of Thurston County

On September 28, Thurston County residents can expect to see over 500 volunteers wearing LIVE UNITED t-shirts working at 23 project sites pulling weeds, painting buildings and cleaning sidewalks. Days of Caring is about team building, giving back and helping organizations in need and has become an event that shuts down offices as employees gather outside of work to make a difference together.

Day of Caring was established 26 years ago as the single largest day of volunteerism in Thurston County to increase awareness of human service organizations and demonstrate how people working together for the common good helps accomplish great things.

“United Way of Thurston County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. And we take that fight to many fronts. Day of Caring is just one of those, and it provides an opportunity for hundreds of supporters from our workplace campaigns, individual and corporate donors, and the community to join with us and enhance their philanthropy through volunteerism. We’ll tackle numerous projects for nonprofits throughout the community, and bring the muscle to get them done,” said Chris Wells, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County.

Seasoned Day of Caring volunteer teams like Anchor Bank, Olympia Federal Savings and Puget Sound Energy will participate in projects for the Family Support Center of South Sound, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Thurston County Food Bank and more.

Volunteers will participate in over 20 different projects ranging from painting and landscaping low-income, disabled individuals’ homes, harvesting food bank gardens, and invasive plant pulling at locations throughout Thurston County.

Learn more at https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/dayofcaring

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