United Way seeks volunteers, projects for Day of Caring

Shannon Morton always looks forward to the agency's Day of Caring. She knows that many people and agencies are going to get much-needed help on that day. Morton, director of volunteerism for the Greater Ottawa County United Way, said she is hoping to exceed last year's number of 735 volunteers for various projects throughout the county. More than 500 volunteers have already signed up for this year's Day or Caring, which will be held on Sept. 15.
Len Painter
Aug 12, 2011

“Every year, we have quite a few of the same volunteers who turn out,” Morton said. “They love it.”

Morton added that what she likes about the Day of Caring is the opportunity for volunteers to interact with nonprofit agencies to see what they do.

“The volunteer work is extremely important to the nonprofit agencies that are helped by United Way because they designate their money for programs,” Morton said. “It is especially important during these tough economic times.”

The volunteers help with such needed projects as painting, organizing offices and landscaping. Morton said a special crew is available for more complicated projects.

In addition to company teams, individuals can volunteer and be assigned to a team, Morton said.

United Way officials are still accepting projects and volunteers.

Anyone interested in helping or anyone who has a project to be completed is asked to contact Morton at 616-610-1338 or e-mail smorton@ottawaunitedway.org no later than Aug. 19. Sign up forms and more information can also be found at online at  www.ottawaunitedway.org/volunteer/events-and-happenings.

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