United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County plans Day of Caring service projects Sept. 12

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County will celebrate volunteerism during the fourth annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 12.

The Day of Caring will start at 8:30 a.m. at Mountain View Commons, 1919 Blaine St., with the presentation of the Good Neighbor Award to an outstanding community volunteer.

From there, business and community volunteers will fan out to their appointed sites to put in a morning’s worth of work for 15 organizations.

Groups will help organizations complete projects such as painting, grounds cleanup and clerical work.

The single-day volunteering event will kick off the nonprofit’s 2014-15 fundraising campaign. United Good Neighbors (UGN) pools donations and provides funding to nonprofits.

In 2013, UGN helped three dozen agencies provide emergency, senior, youth and community services in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow and surrounding areas.

Projects, and the number of volunteers needed for each are:

■ The Boiler Room — Cleaning and gardening, six volunteers.

■ Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) — Painting service area, four volunteers.

■ Port Townsend Food Bank — Cleaning, 10 volunteers.

■ Olympic Community Action Programs’ South Seven Senior Project — Cleaning, six volunteers.

■ The ReCyclery — Painting, 10 volunteers.

■ OlyCAP South Community Harvest — Gleaning at Dharma Ridge Farm in Quilcene for Jefferson County Food Banks, 10 volunteers.

■ Port Townsend Backpack for Kids — Assembly of backpacks, 10 volunteers.

■ Jefferson County YMCA — Cleanup, 15 volunteers.

■ Boeing Blue Bills “Sharing the Goods” Drive — Donations of household items for Dove House and OlyCAP, unlimited number of volunteers.

■ Food bank farms and gardens at Mountain View — Gardening, seven volunteers.

■ Food bank farms and gardens at Port Townsend High School — Gardening, six volunteers.

■ Camp Beausite — Painting, 10 volunteers.

■ Tri-Area Community Center — Cleaning the center in Chimacum, 10 volunteers.

■ Port Townsend Community Center — Sprucing up, 10 volunteers.

■ Fort Worden — Variety of tasks, 15 volunteers.

To nominate a volunteer for the 2014 UGN Good Neighbor Award, complete a nomination form at www.WeAreUGN.org or contact Debbie Reid at 360-385-3797 or debbie@weareugn.org.

The 2013 UGN Good Neighbor Award went to John Cantlon for volunteer work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Registration forms for businesses who wish to volunteer and for nonprofits seeking volunteers for the Day of Caring, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo, can be found at www.WeAreUGN.org.

United Way of Clallam County will conduct its Day of Caring this Saturday in Port Angeles and Sequim. Forks and Clallam Bay will schedule community service days later.

For more information on the UGN Day of Caring, email Nikki Russell at nikki@weareugn.org or phone the UGN office at 360-385-3797.

Last modified: September 03. 2014 5:52PM
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