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United Way is seeking more than 350 volunteers for 26 projects across five counties for one day — Friday, Sept.13. Designated as Day of Caring, the volunteer extravaganza is  United Way California Capital Region’s method of celebrating its 90th anniversary and helping to reach the goal of completing 90 volunteer projects in 2013.

“The Day of Caring is a nation-wide United Way event which has been a great success in partnering donors with non-profits,” said Amber Murry, United Way vice-president of marketing and communications. “It’s so powerful to have 350 people in one day to accomplish things. It makes a deep impact.”

The 26 projects are scattered over Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo  counties. The two non-profits that will benefit from Day of Caring in El Dorado County are New Morning Youth and Family Counseling’s Emergency Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. Volunteers are needed for these projects.

The project United Way volunteers will be working on for New Morning is a general tidying up of the shelter that serves more than 225 youth a year. Six to seven volunteers are needed to paint one of the interior rooms, clean carpets or clear weeds and brush away from the main entrance.

“This is a wonderful partnership and an opportunity for people to help our community,” said David Ashby, executive director for New Morning. “It’s our chance, too, to have people come to see our work and to talk to them about it. The more people who know about what we do, the better it is for all of us.”

Volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club project will be enjoying a field day with the children and staff.

“This is our kick-off for Day of Caring,” said Sean McCartney, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. “We love partnering with United Way and we saw this day as an opportunity for volunteers to participate hand-in-hand with the kids and have a good day together.”

“We’ll be at the fairgrounds and we’ll have our whole club down on the field,” said Kristin Kukkola, director of special programs for Boys and Girls Club.

Field Day is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will kick off with a welcome barbecue for all members and volunteers. Volunteers will help with setup and clean up, run the games, relays and competitions. The day will end with snacks and popsicles.

“This is the first time we have partnered with volunteers for a field day,” said Kukkola, ”and it’s very exciting.”

You do not need to be part of United Way to volunteer for any of the 26 projects, said Murry. The projects are expected to last 3 to 6 hours and the day will begin with a breakfast and rally at Cal-Expo at 8 a.m. Most projects will begin at 10 a.m.

People wishing to volunteer for one of the United Way Day of Caring projects should visit the Website at yourlocalunitedway.org/volunteer to sign-up as an individual volunteer or as part of a team or organization.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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