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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

August 30th, 2011

United Way’s Volunteer Center Recruits Volunteers for 41 local projects

United Way’s Volunteer Center, a HandsOn Affiliate Center, is working to recruit volunteers for projects for the 22nd Annual Day of Caring onThursdaySeptember 8.  The Day of Caring is an annual event celebrated by United Ways and Volunteer Centers nationwide.

This year’s event also ties in with the nationwide “9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service”, an event focused on turning tragedy into triumph by honoring the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and their families through voluntarily engaging in charitable service, in observance of the 10th anniversary.

On ThursdaySeptember 8, hundreds of volunteers from local businesses and communities will partner with United Way’s Volunteer Center and other area nonprofit organizations to serve our local neighborhoods through work on community-based projects. The Volunteer Center has been recruiting volunteers for 41 projects to take place in the Tennessee Valley on this day.

It still needs the community’s help to find volunteers for 16 of these projects, where willing volunteers can serve and create a great deal of impact in just one day. These projects include work on two public parks, upkeep on four schools, building wheelchair ramps for children and adults with handicaps at two different nonprofits, filming a video, and refurbishing a community center. 

The Volunteer Center draws its volunteers for the day from area corporations and organizations that put together teams to work on the projects of their choice. Teams are preferred, but individual volunteers are also recruited for these activities.

You can volunteer yourself, your coworkers or your fellow church members by calling Windy Brooks at United Way’s Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316. You can also get more information about other available projects by emailing windybrooks@uwchatt.org or calling the Center at 423-752-0316.

Last year, more than 400 volunteers worked on more than 30 different projects ranging from improvement projects at area nonprofits to installing playgrounds at low-income daycare centers or rebuilding public park spaces. This year’s Day of Caring is sponsored by ACE HardwareCitadel CommunicationsIBEWTGI Fridays, and SunTrust Bank.

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