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Saturday, Sept. 14th is United Way Day of Caring.

Day of Caring is an annual event sponsored by United Way to further the spirit of volunteerism and to demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish. Day of Caring is also the kick-off event for United Way of San Juan County’s annual campaign. Volunteer activities are scheduled on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands.

Past participants have called Day of Caring “your way to show commitment to the community — without having to write a check or dig into your pockets”. Others have said, “The broad range of things the United Way helps support on all the islands is simply amazing.“

The day’s events include service projects designed to aid community members and programs that could benefit from a day’s work. In the past volunteers have given seniors and disabled community members assistance on home projects, attended to non-profit community buildings, weeded and groomed the school gardens, along with numerous other accomplishments on local projects.

This year, on San Juan Island, volunteers will paint the exterior of the bathrooms across from the Brickworks/Farmer’s Market, and will do landscaping at Mullis Center. On Lopez, they will do landscaping at the Hamlet senior housing community, and at the Family Resource Center/Lopez Children’s Center. On Orcas, volunteers will work at the elementary school garden.

United Way is a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping islanders most in need. They focus on programs for our children, families, the elderly, and disabled neighbors. Supporting United Way of San Juan County means helping over 5,000 local residents through 28 local non-profit agencies.

Get involved and volunteer. Day of Caring will be much more productive and fun with your contribution. Contact unitedwaysjc@rockisland.com for more information.

United Way of SJ County

 

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