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United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s annual Day of Caring is this Friday, and hundreds of community members are expected to turn out to give aid to local nonprofit and public service agencies.
In past years groups of volunteers have completed landscaping, painting, cleaning, repair and gardening projects for more than 30 area organizations, including Child Development Resources, Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, the Salvation Army and Hospice House.
United Way facilitates the completion of these projects by linking teams of volunteers with organizations that have requested help with an improvement project.
More than 600 volunteers have already signed up for this year’s Day of Caring, including teams from Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Anheuser-Busch, Williamsburg Regional Library, Dominion Power, Rotary Club of the Historic Triangle, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital and Williamsburg Landing, among others.
This year’s list of projects includes cleaning up the 4-H Club, painting the offices at Avalon: A Center for Women and Children and landscaping at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
The day will kick off with a Volunteer Breakfast hosted by the Day of Caring planning committee, which is chaired by Aaron Williams, owner of Williamsburg Landscape and Design. The breakfast will take place at Williamsburg National Golf Club at 7:30 a.m. Food will be provided by a variety of local restaurants, including Aromas, Emily’s Donuts, Five Forks Café and Rocco’s Smokehouse.
Once they have enjoyed a hearty meal, volunteers will head off to their various projects.
“[Day of Caring] gives people a chance to get to know other members of the community,” said Elizabeth Parman, assistant director of United Way of Greater Williamsburg. “And they get to find out about what our area nonprofits and United Way have to offer.”
Those who would like to sign up to volunteer during Day of Caring, click here.