SOUTHBRIDGE – The United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton will hold its 12th Annual DAY OF CARING on Friday, September 14, 2018.  This day helps to promote the value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local non-profit agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people can accomplish when joining forces for the good of our community.  Over 130 volunteers from businesses, organizations and private citizens will work on projects located at sites in all three towns. During the two 4-hour shifts volunteers will paint, weed, plant or do whatever needs to be done.

Southbridge will have volunteers doing landscape projects at the West Street playground, soccer field and baseball fields, at Morris Street playground and Walcott Street playground, WCAC Headstart, and Trinity Catholic Academy. Painting is a common theme for some of our sites such as at the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities and Catholic Charities.  At the Center of Hope’s DayHab crafting projects is the order of the day.  Originally, a volunteer was scheduled to work with representatives from the American Red Cross installing smoke detectors in private homes. Unfortunately, the representative from the American Red Cross was deployed instead to the Lawrence, MA area, to support that community after a series of gas fires and explosions the day before the United Way Day of Caring.

In Sturbridge volunteers will be clearing brush at the very successful Community Food Collaborative Garden, spreading 90 bags of mulch at St. Anne’s Parish, tending to the Chestnut Tree saplings at Tantasqua Jr. High, and painting the pavilion at the Cedar Pond Recreation Center, as well as, 30 stockade fence panels at a Venture Community Services residential home.

Charlton will have 25 Bay Path students painting, performing carpentry work and some landscaping at the Charlton Arts Center.  While adult volunteers will tackle the deck, picnic tables and a bike trail at the Tri-Community YMCA’s Camp Foskett.   A new site will be the Charlton Helping Hands, where volunteers will clean gutters and d0 some landscape improvements.

All this was made possible with not only the volunteers from local businesses, like Cornerstone Bank, OFS-Fitel, AllStar Marketing, Savers Bank, Harrington Healthcare, Southbridge Credit Union and organizations, such as, Sturbridge Rotary, Literacy Volunteers, Community Legal Aid and the Boy Scouts, but through generous donations from companies such as United Lens, Klem’s, Southbridge Rotary, Hyde Tools, Home Depot, Big Bunny, Uno Pizzeria and Grille, Stop and Shop, Shaws,  Big Y, Charlton House of Pizza and Zoe’s Pizza in Southbridge.

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