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More Than 1,100 Volunteers to Make Impact on Annual Day of Caring

PIONEER VALLEY — On Friday Sept. 9, the United Way of Pioneer Valley will launch its annual fund-raising campaign with the Day of Caring, when more than 1,100 volunteers from more than 40 area businesses volunteer across the region to help local nonprofits.

Starting with a kickoff breakfast in Court Square in downtown Springfield at 7:30 a.m., participants will travel to towns across the Valley, contributing in myriad ways to support programs and organizations that support the community. Typical projects might include lawn work, painting projects, light construction, gardening, or trash removal. The day is ideal for team building, but it also is a chance for both nonprofits and area businesses to learn more about each other’s work. In its 23rd year, the philosophy behind the Day of Caring is simple: “Give thanks. Give back.”

“I participate in the Day of Caring because I believe that giving back to the community is a central part of promoting unity,” said Sharon Dorsey, an executive assistant from Health New England. “The past few years I participated in the Day of Caring, I loved seeing how appreciative and grateful the beneficiaries were.”

This year’s Day of Caring sponsors include Baystate Health, MassMutual, Health New England, Comcast, Excel Dryer, UTC Aerospace Systems, IAMAW Local 743, Harry Grodsky & Co., Mestek Inc., Monson Savings Bank, PeoplesBank, Peoples United Bank, Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., TD Bank, Gulf Stream, the Springfield Community Music School, and Sodexo.

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