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The 17th Annual Day of Caring takes place on June 9th, 2017

KINGSTON, ON (June 5, 2017) – On Friday, June 9th, teams will come together for a special day of volunteering. They will work together in groups and tackle light construction, maintenance and gardening projects at United Way funded community agencies across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

United Way Day of Caring is an opportunity for volunteers to connect with their community. It’s a win-win for all; agencies get much needed projects completed and volunteers get to learn about the local impact of their donations through a hands-on experience.

This year over 200 volunteers, making up 26 teams from 20 workplaces have signed up to spend the day at 24 sites.

The United Way Day of Caring volunteer committee has been hard at work since early this year, identifying projects, recruiting volunteer teams from workplaces, organizing equipment and pursuing material sponsors. Committee chair, Michele Finney, says, “The Day of Caring gives workplace teams and volunteers the chance to give back to local agencies for all the good work they do in our community. They get to see where their money is going, and how that donation is helping agencies meet the immediate needs for our community every day. Encouraging volunteerism and instilling in workplaces the power to give is so important in growing a strong, healthy and connected community.”

Day of Caring was introduced to KFL&A in 2001. Since then, 14,400 volunteer hours have been invested in 345 projects.

The event is sponsored by Assurant Solutions, Lafarge Canada Cement, Hydro One, INVISTA, Tim Hortons (J.E. Agnew), Wilkinson & Company, Home Depot and numerous local businesses that donate supplies. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a rally at CORCAN (1484 Centennial Rd). Teams of volunteers tackle projects all morning and wrap up with a BBQ at the Warrant Officer’s & Sergeant’s Mess at CFB Kingston (18 Craftsman Boulevard) at 2:00 p.m.

About United Way KFLA
United Way works with individuals, organizations and key partners to build and strengthen our community, bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. Our vision is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca for more information.

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Media Contact:
Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way KFLA; 613-542-2674, ext. 1101,
bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca

Michele Finney, Chair, Day of Caring, 613-532-3661,
michele.finney@hydroone.com
More details and addresses to follow on Thursday June 8, 2017.

UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING JUNE 9, 2017
On Friday, June 9th look for United Way Day of Caring signs around Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington indicating that volunteers are hard at work, helping to build a stronger community.

PARTICIPATING WORKPLACES:
98.3 FLY FM & 98.9 THE DRIVE- Bell Media
Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre
Assurant Solutions
Bombardier Transportation
CIBC Financial Group
CFB Kingston-Department of National Defence (Mil Pers Gen)
CFB Kingston- Integrated Personnel Support Centre
City of Kingston
DuPont Canada
Family and Children’s Services FL&A
Goodyear
Home Depot
Hydro One
India-Canada Association of Kingston
INVISTA
Lafarge Canada
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Novelis Inc.
Ongwanada
United Way Next Gen
Wilkinson & Company LLP

AGENCIES:
Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A
Boys & Girls Club – West End
Boys & Girls Club – Robert Meek Centre
Canadian Hearing Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
Elizabeth Fry Society
Food Sharing Project
Home Base Housing’s Lily’s Place
K3C Counselling Centres
Kingston Home Base Housing
Kingston Community Health Centres
Pathways to Education
Kingston Interval House – Queen St
Kingston Interval House – Stephen St
The Kids’ Place Early Childhood Centre
Lakeside Community Garden
Lennox & Addington Interval House
Limestone Advisory for Child Care Programs
Oak Street Community Gardens
Robinson Community Gardens
Seniors Association Kingston Region
Southern Frontenac Community Services
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston
Sunnyside Community Garden

UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE:
Chair: Michele Finney, Hydro One
Dana Bell, Family & Children’s Services of FL&A
Rachel Brace, Ongwanada
Danielle Gowdy, Providence Care
Tammy Kuehn, E.I. du Pont Canada Company
Robert Raike, Bombardier Transportation
Avery Verschuren, Hydro One
Joanne Webb, Hydro One

 

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