United Way kicks off campaign with 'Day of Caring'

NORWICH – One hundred and seventy people came together Saturday morning to contribute to the well-being of several local communities – even ones they don’t live in.

The Chenango United Way’s 3rd Annual “Day of Caring” matched area volunteers, many representing local businesses, organizations and schools, to 30 projects across Chenango County. For four hours volunteers scraped, painted and landscaped the different sites, which included museums, churches and parks.

“It was kind of neat to be assigned to a community that I’m not necessarily a part of,” said Anne English, Norwich, who spent four hours sprucing up Cook Park in Greene.

The event officially kicked off Chenango United Way’s 2009 funding campaign.

“The Day of Caring embodies our campaign theme: ‘Give. Advocate. Volunteer.’, and shows the value of the United Way beyond fundraising,” said Bryne Lewis Allport, the county United Way’s Campaign Director. “It demonstrates our role as a community facilitator.”

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