It’s true what they say, strength comes in numbers. That’s why United Way of Thurston County has expanded its annual single-day volunteering bonanza to two days, September 30 and October 1, this year.
“Day of Caring is an unforgettable, hands-on experience providing volunteers an opportunity to actively improve our community while enhancing on team-building outside the workplace,” said United Way Executive Director, Paul Knox. “We felt that by expanding the event more people could experience the power of volunteering and make a bigger impact on our community.”
Day of Caring was established 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 is connecting community partners and supporters with nonprofits throughout Thurston County to accomplish projects that can’t normally be done in one day,” said Volunteer Program Manager, Stacy Hicks.
Seasoned Day of Caring volunteer teams like Anchor Bank, Olympia Federal Savings and Puget Sound Energy will participate in projects for the Community Youth Services, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Thurston County Food Bank and more. United Way also welcomes new participation from Hutchinson Dental, South Puget Sound Community College, and Umpqua Bank.
Volunteers will participate in over 30 different projects ranging from painting and landscaping low-income, disabled individual’s homes, harvesting food banks, and invasive plant pulling at locations throughout Thurston County.