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A Day for Celebrating Volunteers

UW staff for webThe sun was shining, and with temperatures in the low 70s, our 23rd annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring on September 17 was a tremendous success! Nearly 1,900 volunteers from more than 60 local businesses and organizations (including the University of Virginia) fanned out over five counties to work on almost 200 projects at local nonprofits and schools.

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Playgrounds were spiffed up, many rooms and buildings were painted, trails were cleared and storage areas organized. At our own office, volunteers from Charlottesville Newsplex sorted and packed 100 backpacks with educational learning activities for children receiving our United Way Child Care Scholarships. We loaned our playground stencils to an elementary school to create games on their blacktop.

Our vision is to help local people overcome challenges to realize their potential so that they can learn, grow and live happy and healthy lives. The many wonderful volunteers on our Day of Caring helped local nonprofits and schools so that they in turn could be more effective in helping people.

The energy and happiness of all these folks was evident at our wonderful kickoff breakfast rally, thanks to the terrific spread put on by the breakfast sponsor, The Fresh Market.

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Please visit our Facebook page to see many photos shared from the day.

We can’t wait for next year!

Posted by: Kim Connolly, Vice President of Community Engagement

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