LIVINGSTON COUNTY – United Way’s Day of Caring once again had a record turnout of volunteers.
An unprecedented 266 volunteers from across Livingston County set to community improvement projects on Tuesday. Some did projects in their own hometowns.
“I know at my school some of us are helping out around the school,” said Avon Central student Jenna Schifino, who also designed this year’s Day of Caring t-shirts. “I’m going to the circle and helping mulch. We have people going to the Downs and just helping everything look better and keep everything up.”
Some projects actually improved facilities and grounds of the charities that United Way supports with its annual fundraising campaign.
“Several of the charities that we work with and we help sponsor here in Livingston County, we’re going out to some of those to help them clean, paint, mulch, spruce up their places because otherwise they’d have to pay in labor to do that. Now they can put their efforts towards helping the people they’re there to help.”
Event organizers said that it is nice to lend charities a hand in addition to helping them raise funds.
“It’s really great to see the numbers get larger and larger every year, people wanting to help put their hands to work,” said Cole. “You know, we ask people for donations all year. This is the part of the year where we ask people to use their hands to help the community.”