Day of Caring Kicks Off

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 20, 2006

More than 2,300 volunteers spent Wednesday outside of the office and in the community.

They volunteered for the 15th Annual Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way.

"We started out some 15 years ago with about 25 people and here we are today we're at 2,300. We never really envisioned that many people in one day. It's been a tremendous success," said Cathy Train, president of the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area.

The event kicked off Wednesday morning when hundreds of volunteers met for breakfast. The teams are made up of employees from local businesses who are giving up a day of work to give back to the community.

"Volunteering is important to me because it gives me a chance to give to people who are less fortunate than myself," said first time Day of Caring volunteer Jenny Holmes.

"It's also a great way to get the team at work to be together in a different environment and to contribute to the overall community and I think that's important," said fourth time Day of Caring volunteer Leah Wacksman.

The United Way estimates that the one-day event will put more than $200,000 back into the community.

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