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Day of Caring set for Sept. 16

Registration now open for volunteers, projects

LEWISTOWN — The Day of Caring is a yearly volunteer event offered by United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, kicking off the annual campaign every September. The 23rd Annual Day of Caring will take place Sept. 16. Registration is now open for both volunteer teams and agency projects.

The two main objectives of Day of Caring are to provide non-profit human service agencies with an opportunity to complete projects that they otherwise could not afford to do, and to involve volunteers in first-hand experience with area charities.

“Day of Caring is a great tradition for many reasons but one reason being that it allows the community to come together,” said Katie Specht, Resource Coordinator at United Way. “Each year we witness more people wanting to give back to our community, which is the most rewarding part of this entire event.”

United Way is currently seeking projects from non-profit human service agencies. Any incorporated non-profit or government entity, school, or neighborhood association is encouraged to submit projects. Agencies do not have to be a United Way partner program to benefit from Day of Caring – anyone is welcome to participate.

“We encourage agencies to submit all kinds of projects, big and small,” said Oksana DeArment, Executive Director at United Way. “We get volunteer teams of all sizes and skill levels.”

Teams of caring individuals in Mifflin and Juniata counties who want to make a difference in their local community are also needed. Teams are formed from individuals at local businesses, associations, service groups, and other non-profits. Teams can be any size and any skill level. Day of Caring is a free event for volunteer participants, which is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. Due to gathering restrictions that are in place for Mifflin and Juniata counties, there will be no kick off breakfast this year.

The registration deadline for both projects and teams is Aug. 7. For more information or to register a project or a team, visit www.mjunitedway.org.

The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata said it reserves the right to refuse any agencies whose volunteer programs’ missions and purposes it finds contrary to the spirit of volunteerism.

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