BRATTLEBORO -- More than 100 volunteers from local companies, schools and towns will participate in community improvement projects across Windham County on Saturday, Sept. 6, at United Way of Windham County's annual Day of Caring. An estimated $10,000 worth of labor will be donated during the largest one-day volunteer service event in the county.

Day of Caring is sponsored by The Richards Group, Holstein Association USA and Derby Building & Woodwork, with media support from The Brattleboro Reformer. United Way's year round volunteer engagement efforts are also supported by a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust.

Day of Caring begins at 8 a.m. with a kick-off breakfast at the American Legion in Brattleboro, featuring donations from The Works, Commonwealth Dairy, True North Granola, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Mocha Joe's, Leader Distribution and Price Chopper.

From 9 a.m. to noon, dozens of individuals, families, and volunteer teams, dressed in their United Way T-shirts, will spread out to sites throughout Windham County to provide volunteer service. Day of Caring is a great opportunity for businesses, sport teams, organizations and families to form a volunteer team and work together to help our community -- everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Simply visit www.unitedwaywindham.org or call the United Way office at 802-257-4011 to register.


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"Volunteers are the cornerstone of what we do at United Way of Windham County and they inspire me every day," said Carmen Derby, executive director. "Day of Caring is a very public way that we mobilize the caring power of the community. We are grateful to everyone who volunteers their time and talent to create a powerful and moving day for everyone and a stronger county throughout the year."

2014 Day of Caring project sites include: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Brattleboro; Turning Point in Brattleboro; Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Newfane; The Family Garden in West Brattleboro; and Vermont Foodbank in Westminster.

Included in Day of Caring is a Back-to-School Supply Drive to benefit local students. Volunteers are encouraged to bring school supplies to Day of Caring, which will be sorted as part of the event. United Way is also accepting school supply donations now through Friday, Sept. 5, at the office at 1 Holstein Place in Brattleboro (enter on Reed Street, off of South Main), during regular business hours. Faith communities, businesses, neighborhoods, civic associations, and the community-at-large are encouraged to create a school supply drive at your location to benefit Windham County students.