United Way Celebrates 23rd Annual Day of Caring, May 20

For more information:
Angela Atwood
Office: 330-491-9957
Mobile: 330-217-0088
angela.atwood@uwstark.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Way celebrates 23rd Annual Day of Caring, May 20

(Stark County, OH) May 16, 2016 – United Way’s Day of Caring has joined caring volunteers with community agencies, schools and organizations in volunteer opportunities for over 23 years. Together, the partnerships create stronger neighborhoods and healthier people through a wide variety of service projects. This year’s Day of Caring, sponsored by Huntington, is set for Friday, May 20.

To date, 577 volunteers from 31 workplaces and organizations are scheduled to work on 37 projects. Workplace employee volunteers have been paired with 37 community nonprofits and organizations across Stark and Carroll counties for one of the largest single-day health and human care volunteer events in our community. United Way volunteers will be painting, landscaping, cleaning and completing outside projects for organizations and nonprofits across both counties. (For a current list of projects and locations, please refer to attached excel file.)

New this year, Stark and Carroll counties will coordinate Day of Caring activities to be held the same day in a single event instead of two. The new May timeframe allows Day of Caring volunteers to spruce up spaces in Stark and Carroll counties before the summer months begin.

“Day of Caring is an opportunity to change a community through partnership in service,” said Maria Heege, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Stark County. “Agencies have the opportunity to connect with volunteers to promote Education, Income and Health in the community through a diverse range of projects. One day can change a community.”

Projects completed through United Way’s Day of Caring allow local agencies, schools and organizations to complete projects most groups could not undertake on their own. Every project is a chance to make connections to create a better place to live.

United Way volunteers will be invited to return for a communitywide Stone Soup mass meal preparation event Friday, Sept. 9, in conjunction with United Way’s annual campaign kickoff. Residents may also visit United Way of Greater Stark County’s Volunteer Resource Center year-round to find a volunteer opportunity in Stark County or to find volunteers for your organization. Go to www.uwstark.org/Volunteer to search, browse or create volunteer opportunities.

For more information regarding Day of Caring, please contact Elizabeth Ramsburg, Director of Volunteer & Workplace Engagement, at 330-491-9953 or elizabeth.ramsburg@uwstark.org.

A special thank you to Day of Caring sponsors Huntington, Kimble, Chesapeake Energy, Liquid Apparel, Community Hospice and Woolpert Inc.

United Way Sporting Equipment Drive
Volunteers from SarahCare Adult Day Care Center Services, United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Nationwide Insurance will sort and clean donated balls, helmets, baseball gloves, hula hoops and more May 20 for United Way’s Day of Caring before the items are distributed to parks and recreations, local community centers and other community organizations.

Please bring your sporting equipment donations to United Way’s office, 401 Market Ave. North in Canton, May 16-19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete list of items to donate, visit www.uwstark.org/SportingEquipmentDrive.

About United Way
United Way of Greater Stark County is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways by mobilizing thousands of people around a common goal: advancing the common good. United Way funds programs that focus on Education, Income & Health. United Way believes these are the building blocks for a good life and that a quality education leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, a safe place to live and good health.

For more information about United Way visit www.uwstark.org. Headquarters are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. Dial (330) 491-0445 to reach the offices.