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2014 United Way Day of Caring - September 6th!

Imagine a day when 100’s of volunteers are working around our community to improve the quality of our lives here.  On September 6th that will be a reality - United Way of Clallam County has arranged community volunteer opportunities, called the Day of Caring as part of the beginning of the United Way annual fund drive.  This year, most volunteer opportunities will be on Saturday, September 6.  Companies, faith groups and service clubs are gathering a corps of volunteers and adopting projects for a great team building opportunity.  Other community members and especially families are welcome to join in on any project. Call United Way at 457-3011 for more information.

On September 6th there are multiple projects beginning at 9:00 am to about 1:00 pm in Port Angeles and Sequim and on a future, to be determined date, projects will occur in Forks and Clallam Bay.  Projects range from yard work, landscaping, Painting, clean up, home repairs, etc.  Times for projects are from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm or until done.

In Sequim, United Way is partnering with the City of Sequim on two projects – removing kinnikinnick along Blake Avenue, and continuing last year’s great work in Gerhardt Park (although Gerhardt may occur at a future date).  Other projects include painting at the Sequim Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Club and organizing the library at the Boys and Girls Club.  Several groups are organizing their own Day of Caring projects including the First Teacher children who will be making flowers to deliver to a senior facility, and Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church which has many different activities planned for members. 

In Port Angeles, projects include assembling raised garden beds for Serenity House, sprucing up at First Step, Dream Playground and Frances Street Park, painting and cabinet assembling at Horizon House for Peninsula Behavioral Health, painting at Salvation Army, painting and installing coving at the PA Boys and Girls Club, painting porch railings at the OlyCAP Head Start Hamilton School site. 

This effort launches the United Way 2014-2015 annual fund drive, which runs from September through December.  This year’s goal is to raise $1,000,000. Last year, United Way raised $881,418 which has been distributed to local nonprofits throughout the year.  United Way allows community members to not only “give where they live” and strengthen the entire county, but to give of themselves in a meaningful way.  “Volunteering whether it is reading to children, mentoring teens, serving meals to the hungry, helping connect homeless individuals and veterans to services is one way to make a real difference in our communities,” says Lisa Meyer, Vice President and Branch Manager of US Bank, Port Angeles and the 2014 Campaign Chair.   T. Scott Brandon, United Way Resource Development Manager commented, “Our theme this year is "What Matters to the Community" and Day of Caring focuses on building our community.

Please contact United Way at 457-3011 or to volunteer or to arrange a team of volunteers. 
Day of Caring Projects:
Port Angeles:
First Step Family Support Center – Cleaning inside and out
Serenity House – Maloney Heights – Assembling raised bed planters
Peninsula Behavioral Health Horizon House –Landscaping, Painting and Installing cabinets
Parent Line – Hang an exterior door – only a few volunteers from Kiwanis Club needed
City Parks - Clean up Francis Street Park
Salvation Army – Paint main room at Salvation Army
Boys & Girls Club – Painting, Cleaning, Installing Coving for new Teen Center
OlyCAP Head Start – Painting porch railings at Hamilton Head Start. 
Dream Playground – Clean up, repair and painting at Dream Playground
Mosaic – Mosaic participants and families will be finishing a project cleaning at a cemetery
Sequim Projects
Boys & Girls Club – Painting Library, sorting, coding, and ordering books
Sequim Food Bank – Painting Exterior trim, painting around new windows, doorways scraped/primed and painted
Parenting Matters Foundation – Volunteering with families – Elder Outreach Project making flowers to be delivered to elders

Sequim Water Reuse Site – Remove kinnikinnick and replace with mulch
Gerhardt Park – Various Projects – May be held on a diff. date
Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church – Church members are volunteering at various projects.  Throughout the community including card making, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, Food Bank and others
Forks Project
Concerned Citizens Project  - Painting Landscaping, Fence Repair  - To be held on a different date
Clallam Bay Sekiu Project
Beach Clean Up – To be held on a different date