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Volunteers needed for United Way of Florence County's Day of Caring

by Deborah Swearingen/Morning News

The United Way of Florence County is searching for volunteers to participate in its annual Day of Caring.

The Sept. 16 event, which serves as the United Way’s campaign kickoff, provides help to partnering agencies in the Florence area.

“Basically what it is is just one big day of volunteerism,” said Rachel Baggett, director of marketing and initiatives at the United Way of Florence County.

Seventeen local agencies, including the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The CARE House of the Pee Dee and more, make a project wish list. While projects vary, these lists generally include tasks such as cleaning, painting and landscaping – jobs that would be unmanageable for the agency’s staff to complete because of financial and time constraints.

“We have 87 projects this year. I know last year they completed 48,” Baggett said. “We know it’s not possible for all 87 to be picked, but we do like to get as many done as possible, because the agencies are so grateful for it.”

In many cases, the volunteer work is provided by employees of area businesses who sign up for the projects through the United Way. The community service event gives companies the chance to provide support to the United Way of Florence County’s partnering agencies.

But the event is not just for business groups; the Day of Caring is open to all.

“It can be anyone who wants to volunteer,” Baggett said. “Last year I think we had a few church groups … one of the graduate classes of Wilson. It doesn’t have to be a group. It can just be one or two people.”

People who are interested in participating can visit the United Way’s website, uwflorence.org, to peruse the list of projects.

Then individuals and companies can sign up by calling the United Way at 843-662-2407.

The Day of Caring is an all-day event that kicks off with an early morning breakfast provided by the United Way.

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

>> WHAT: Day of Caring

>> WHEN: Sept. 16

>> HOW TO HELP: Visit uwflorence.org to check the list of projects and then call 843-662-2407 to sign up.

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