Volunteers to use elbow grease on Day of Caring

Peninsula Daily News

Volunteers will clean and spruce up Clallam County communities during Day of Caring community projects Saturday.

The day of community cleanup and maintenance projects will kick off the fundraising campaign for 2012 for United Way of Clallam County, which will run from this month through December.

$1,060,000 goal

This year’s goal is to raise $1,060,000, said Jody Moss, executive director.

Last year, United Way raised $883,458 to distribute to county nonprofits throughout the year.

On Saturday, volunteers will do yard work, landscaping, painting, cleanup and home repairs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they are finished.

Patrick Downie is the 2012 United Way volunteer coordinator for activities and groups for the Day of Caring.

“I have a goal of getting 1,000 Helping Hands out working in our county,” said Downie, who is also a Port Angeles city councilman.

Clallam Bay-Sekiu United Way volunteers cleaned debris off beaches last Saturday as they performed Day of Caring community work a week earlier than the rest of the county.

Sequim volunteers will be out in force for a National Day of Service scheduled in collaboration with United Way of Clallam County.

Port Angeles

Projects scheduled in Port Angeles include:

■ Estuary Park — General landscaping and cleanup.

■ Francis Street Park — General landscaping and cleanup.

■ Shane Park — General landscaping and cleanup.

■ Port Angeles unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula — Painting and general maintenance.

■ Peninsula Housing Authority, Terrace Apartments — Interior painting.

■ Serenity House C Street Apartments — Landscaping.

■ First Step Family Support Center — General cleaning and maintenance.

Forks

One project is scheduled in Forks.

■ Forks Housing Authority — Concrete sidewalk project at Peninsula Apartments.

Said Mary Ann Unger, chairwoman of the 2012 United Way Campaign:

“We believe that when the community works together through volunteerism and local charitable giving, we can do so much more than any of us can do on our own.”

Volunteers are asked to phone United Way at 360-457-3011 or just come to the particular projects in the morning Saturday.

Last modified: September 06. 2012 5:37PM
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