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Hundreds of volunteers took time off work today to give back to the community, by helping out with all sorts of projects in schools and non-profits across the area. Nearly 2,300 people pitched in on Wednesday.
"They will be reading to children, landscaping," said Cathy Train, the president of United Way. "We have a number of projects." In all, more than 230 projects were completed on this 22ND annual Day of Caring.
Employees at State Farm Insurance volunteered at The Salvation Army, sanding and staining new tables for residents and beautifying the grounds with new plants.
"Physical labor is really nice to do, especially when you're in an office," said Greg Robinson. "Being able to give back is really a tremendous feeling."
Organizers say the volunteers benefit just as much as the schools and non-profits on the receiving end of the good deeds. "People love to get out in the community, see where there are opportunities to volunteer and to get connected with the agencies and schools," said Train.
The United Way is thinking about expanding the Day of Caring to more than one day. It may become a twice a year fixture on the volunteer scene.