United Way calls for ‘Day of Caring” registrations

Publix employees before going to work on Day of Caring.


United Way’s Day of Caring is reaching deeper into the community to serve not only nonprofit agencies, but school communities, churches, and neighborhoods with special needs. Projects have been identified and now it’s time for individuals, families, and teams to register their intent to come out on Saturday, October 14, from 8am to noon.

“We see our community service efforts grow exponentially on our annual Day of Caring as hundreds of generous volunteers pool their energies to make a positive difference for others,” explained Michael Kint, CEO, United Way of Indian River County. “Every year volunteers comment on how much fun it was and how good they felt to be part of this event.”

“Publix needs recognition as the presenting sponsor of this remarkable event”, said Katie Kirk, United Way Board Member and Day of Caring Chair. “We have a wonderful team that’s already been at work for a couple of months searching needs, making plans, and gathering materials. A complicated event like this requires lots of behind the scenes activity.”

Students, families, and workplaces are invited to join hundreds of volunteers for a morning of painting, doing yard work, power washing, window washing, and food sorting, among other chores.

This year, United Way is working closely with members of the Gifford community to support certain neighborhood improvements; with the school district, offering local schools help with projects while engaging students in volunteerism; and with nonprofits of all kinds, supporting their endeavors with free people power.

Plans are being made for a 3rd Born Learning Trail to be built in this county. The trails are a series of interactive signs and painted images that promote learning through play. Last year, Day of Caring volunteers constructed one in Little League Park, Fellsmere, and in 2015 a trail was constructed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Walking Park and Trail in Gifford.

It’s time to get registered for this awesome event at www.UnitedWayIRC.org/DayofCaring or call Sydney Mihailoff at 772-567-8900.

United Way of Indian River County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. Go to www.VolunteeIndianRiverCounty.org to learn about local opportunities for service. For more information about United Way or to give online, visit www.UnitedWayIRC.org.   

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