San Juan’s United Way Day of Caring is Wednesday; volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed on San Juan Island to participate in United Way’s third annual Day of Caring on Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In 2007, participants cleared brush and cleaned gutters for seniors and raked and cleaned the children’s playground at the county fairgrounds. This year, the scope of the event will be expanded through a partnership with the Land Bank and San Juan Trails Committee in developing a community trail. Other volunteers will again assist seniors with home and garden projects.

United Way Day of Caring events are designed to help those who may not need ongoing assistance from human services programs but may need a few hours of support to make their lives easier. Larger projects benefit a wide range of island residents. Director Bonnie Gilmore hopes to see the event continue to grow as a way for United Way to give back to a community that very generously supports its agencies and programs.

Employees from Island Gardens will be repeat participants this year, helping do fall yard clean-up for islanders who are not able. Their services are greatly appreciated by all who are helped.

Volunteers will meet at the Mullis Center at 9 a.m. for registration and job assignments and can work for any part of the event. Day of Caring is a way that everyone can give, with the gift of a few hours of your time.

For information on how you or your business can help, contact Gilmore at 378-4121 or 378-5911.

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