United Way is in need of more than 1,100 volunteers to help area nonprofits at its annual Day of Caring event on Friday, August 9.
As the largest single-day volunteer event across Northwest Indiana, Day of Caring brings together nonprofits, local businesses, municipalities, churches, civic groups, families and individuals to change lives one project at a time.
“This is a great team building experience and way to end the summer before school,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. “More than 530 volunteers have already signed up, but we still need more to jump in and lend a hand.”
There are more than 34 nonprofits in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties counting on volunteers to help with more than 68 projects. Volunteers can choose from activities such as painting, landscaping, building, cleaning, hosting picnics and taking kids fishing. Volunteers who are unable to participate in onsite projects can host collection drives, donate blood and more.
The day kicks off with a free breakfast rally in Valparaiso and Portage, sponsored by The Times Media Company and 2019 Pacesetters CSI, Meijer, Chester, Inc., McAfee Animal Hospital, Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans, LLP, and Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman. The United Way Pacesetters initiative provides an easy one-stop shop for corporations to give back to their community.
United Way of Porter County works to lead community collaboration, unite residents and inspire action to improve lives in Porter County. In 2018, United Way of Porter County provided more than $2.3 million to support more than 50 social service programs ranging from emergency and basic needs services to childcare and education services. To learn more, visit unitedwaypc.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.