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United Way Day of Caring returns with record number of volunteers and projects
Annual Day of Caring takes place in person on June 17th, 2022
KINGSTON, ON (June 14th, 2022) – After a two-year break, United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is delighted to be able to offer in-person Day of Caring event. The annual United Way Day of Caring takes place on Friday, June 17th, with over 400 volunteers from 34 workplaces tackling projects at 39 local agencies.
United Way Day of Caring sends volunteer teams from local organizations to provide much needed assistance to local agencies through projects. These include repair work, gardening, painting, and cleaning. The day is organized by a volunteer committee that has been hard at work for months, identifying projects, recruiting teams, organizing equipment and materials.
“We are excited to be back in person and to have such an amazing response from volunteers, sponsors and agencies this year,” says Michele Finney, Chair of the United Way Day of Caring Committee. “Day of Caring is a great opportunity for volunteers to learn more about agencies in their community and see firsthand what they do to help individuals.”
Over the past two years, Day of Caring was modified to adapt to pandemic restrictions with community members doing individual acts of caring in 2020 and making and donating kits that were distributed to agencies in 2021. Last year, individuals in the community were also asked to support a “Day of Caring” at individual agencies by making a monetary donation, a feature that will continue this year.
“We know people are looking for ways they can help, so if they can donate, they can support a day of programming at an agency – supporting meal programs, housing supports or counselling sessions,” explained Finney. For more details on “Days of Caring” and how to donate, visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca/dayofcaring/
The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a kick-off event (until 8:30 a.m.) at the Community Food Redistribution Warehouse (785 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.). Teams of volunteers will work throughout the morning and then gather at the Army Navy Airforce Club (317 Gore Rd.) from noon onwards for a wrap-up BBQ.
About United Way KFL&A
United Way Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington works closely with the community to ensure that people have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Led by volunteers, driven by a small professional staff team, the United Way KFL&A provides inspiring opportunities for people to get involved and support issues they care about through volunteering, giving and being advocates for people who are in vulnerable situations.
Mandy Pasch, Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way KFL&A