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JUNE 5, 2017

UNITED WAY ORGANIZES MASSIVE VOLUNTEER EVENT ACROSS ST JOSEPH COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (June 5, 2017) – Nearly 500 volunteers from more than 20 local companies along with many local residents will be mobilized to tackle volunteer projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations through United Way of St. Joseph County’s Day of Caring, held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

United Way Worldwide encourages local United Ways to organize a Day of Caring each year, which is an incredible collaboration between volunteers from corporate partners, residents, and community organizations.

“This is the first time United Way of St. Joseph County has hosted a local Day of Caring in several years. The relaunch this year was perfect because we saw an extremely strong interest among United Way supporters and the significant need among many local organizations within our community,” says Matt Harrington, United Way of St. Joseph County’s President and CEO.

United Way of St. Joseph County organizes this massive undertaking, perhaps the largest in the region, as part of its mission to connect the caring people of the community with opportunities to make a difference.  Through Day of Caring both individual residents and local companies send teams of employees to volunteer on projects that the service agencies might not have the manpower or resources to afford. Tasks to be completed run the gamut from packing backpacks for United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps to painting, from feeding the hungry to gardening, and from cleaning and organizing to performing clerical tasks.

“Day of Caring is an opportunity to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to make making positive, long-lasting community change,” said Harrington. “This is a day when the St. Joseph community truly LIVES UNITED. What’s really special to me about this event is seeing our volunteers’ interest and excitement about their ability to change the community,” said Harrington.

 

All interested persons, companies, and agencies may register by visiting uwsjc.org/dayofcaring.  Deadline to register is June 16, 2017. Two and four hour shifts are available in both the morning and afternoon.

Follow all the action on Facebook, Instagram Twitter #DayofCaring  #LIVEUNITED

Media is invited to these photo and interview opportunities on Wednesday, June 21 between 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm at Potawatomi Park, South Bend or contact Rachel Brown at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 574/232-8201 ext. 231 to schedule a specific volunteer opportunity or interview.

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