Sixth annual Day of Caring to aid a dozen local nonprofits

BRATTLEBORO — More than 150 volunteers from local communities, companies, schools, and civic organizations will participate in volunteer service projects across Windham County on Saturday, Sept. 12 in United Way of Windham County's sixth annual Day of Caring.

An estimated $10,000 in labor will be donated during the county's largest one-day volunteer service event.

Day of Caring begins for volunteers at 8 a.m. with kick-off breakfasts at the American Legion in Brattleboro and Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls.

From 9 a.m. to noon, individuals, families, and volunteer teams, dressed in their finest United Way T-shirts, will spread to sites throughout Windham County to provide volunteer service.

It is a great opportunity for businesses, sports teams, organizations,and families to form a volunteer team and work together to help our community. All are invited and encouraged to participate.

According to Executive Director Carmen Derby in a news release, the mission of the United Way of Windham County is to mobilize the caring power of the community.

“Day of Caring is the most visible time for volunteer engagement and it honors the ongoing work of our volunteers and supporters. We are so grateful to everyone who volunteers their time and talent throughout the year to create a strong Windham County for everyone,” Derby said.

2015 Day of Caring project sites include:

• Bellows Falls - Bellows Falls Community Bike Project; Our Place Drop-in Center; Rockingham Library.

• Brattleboro - Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center; Brattleboro Area Hospice; Groundworks – Drop in Center; The Family Garden; and Windham Child Care Association.

• Dummerston - Lydia Taft Pratt Library.

• Jamaica - Jamaica Free Library.

• Wardsboro - Wardsboro Library.

• Westminster - Vermont Foodbank gleaning.

Day of Caring is sponsored by Cersosimo Lumber, Holstein Association USA, The Richards Group, American Legion Post 5, Brattleboro Food Co-op, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Derby Building & Woodwork, g.housen, Sovernet, and TD Bank.

United Way's year-round volunteer engagement efforts are supported by a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust.

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