VALDOSTA – More than 300 community members from businesses and organizations are expected to volunteer their time for the annual Greater Valdosta United Way’s Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, United Way representatives said.

Volunteers are paired with United Way partner agencies in the Valdosta area, such as Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Advocacy Center, The Haven, YMCA, Salvation Army, etc. 

"The Day of Caring is a way for people to give back to those who need it the most, increase the awareness of local nonprofits and demonstrates that neighbors helping neighbors can create positive change in the lives of children, families and seniors," United Way representatives said. 

The Day of Caring begins with a kick-off breakfast on the historic Lowndes County Courthouse square downtown, 7 a.m. After breakfast, volunteers will head out in the community from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist with hands-on projects such as painting, cleaning, landscaping, etc.

“This is a huge year for Day of Caring. We are celebrating 65 years of changing lives and we have more projects and more volunteers and companies donating their time. We are thrilled to connect volunteers with our local nonprofits to complete projects in a single day," said Michael Smith, executive director of the Greater Valdosta United Way.

The Day of Caring promotes the value of volunteerism and projects include

• Moving furniture, organizing and pressure washing at LAMP.

• Painting, staining fence and playground equipment at Child Advocacy Center.

• Working on a build at Habitat for Humanity.

• Cleaning out two sheds and moving items at The Haven.

• Painting, pressure washing and landscaping at Jacob’s Ladder.

• Sprucing up and landscaping at the YMCA.

• Assembling a fence at LARC.

• Packing food boxes at Second Harvest.

• Organizing and cleaning at Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time Out.

• Landscaping, painting and pressure washing at the Boys & Girls Club.

• General cleaning and landscaping at Salvation Army.

• Painting and cleaning at the Greater Valdosta United Way.

“We are thankful that over 20 companies generously allow their employees a day off to volunteer and to improve the community they live in,” said Johnathan Miller, Greater Valdosta United Way board president. “It’s great to see what impact we can have on people and businesses when we put our resources together for the good of others.”

The Greater Valdosta United Way works with 19 nonprofits throughout the year and keeps a pulse on what is needed to best help the nonprofit and will connect you or your team with an upcoming project.

For more information on volunteering on the Day of Caring or giving back, contact the Greater Valdosta United Way, (2290 242-2208 or visit www.unitedwayvaldosta.org.

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