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Archive for Saturday, July 22, 1995

UNITED WAY SCHEDULES DAY OF CARING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

July 22, 1995

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The second Day of Caring will be held as part of the United Way's fund drive kickoff.

If you like volunteering or would like to become a first-time helper of the community, mark Sept. 16 on your calender.

The United Way of Douglas County on that day will hold its second annual Day of Caring, in which hundreds of people volunteer work on dozens of community projects for a few morning hours.

The event will be held as part of the official kickoff of the local United Way's 1995-96 campaign.

"Last year we did 50 projects at 30 different sites," said Lanaea Heine, coordinator of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and organizer of Day of Caring.

"This year we hope to expand the projects and the sites to involve more organizations as well as more members of our community," she said.

"It's a great way for members of our community to come together, help their neighbors ... and still have part of their day left to spend with their family," Heine said.

"Many of the volunteers last year were very excited about spending three hours on our community."

Day of Caring will follow kickoff activities of the United Way at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1229 Vt.

But Heine said Day of Caring would not be limited to help for United Way agencies only.

"Any nonprofit organization can have a project completed for them on that day," she said.

Organizations that would like to request a project for volunteer work may submit it to the volunteer center by late-August, Heine said.

Projects last year included yard and repair work.

"One of the more visible projects for the community is when the Breakfast Optimists painted the train in Watson Park," she said.

Heine said many organizations and individuals should consider setting aside the Day of Caring to conduct a volunteer project.

"We're asking that if they're interested in volunteering, or are part of a group, to mark that (date) down on your calender."

Anyone interesting in volunteering or organizations that would like to request a volunteer project should call the volunteer center at 865-5030.

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