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12th Annual Day of Caring

PRESS RELEASE:                                                                                          DATE:  9/17/2018

United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton

Mary O’Coin, Executive Director


The United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton held its 12th Annual DAY OF CARING on Friday, September 14, 2018.  This day helps to promote the value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local non-profit agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people can accomplish when joining forces for the good of our community.  Over 130 volunteers from businesses, organizations and private citizens worked on projects located at sites in all three towns. During the two 4-hour shifts volunteers painted, weeded, planted or did whatever needed to be done.

Southbridge found volunteers doing landscape projects at the West Street playground, soccer field and baseball fields, at Morris Street playground and Walcott Street playground, WCAC Headstart, and Trinity Catholic Academy. Painting was a common theme for some of our sites such as at the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities and Catholic Charities.  At the Center of Hope’s DayHab crafting projects was the order of the day.. 

In Sturbridge volunteers were clearing brush at the very successful Community Food Collaborative Garden, spread 50 bags of mulch at St. Anne’s Parish, tended to the Chestnut Tree saplings at Tantasqua Jr. High, and painted the pavilion at the Cedar Pond Recreation Center, as well as, 30 stockade fence panels at a Venture Community Services residential home. 

Charlton had 25 Bay Path students painting, performing carpentry work and some the Charlton Arts Center.  While adult volunteers tackled the docks and a bike trail at the Tri-Community YMCA’s Camp Foskett.   A new site was at the Charlton Helping Hands. Where volunteers cleaned gutters and did some landscape improvements.

United Way Executive Director, Mary O’Coin, stated that “The volunteers worked so hard and were able to accomplish so much in just eight hours.  So proud to have these community members volunteer their time to support our goals.  They are amazing! Volunteers came from local businesses, like Cornerstone Bank, OFS-Fitel, AllStar Marketing, Savers Bank, Harrington Healthcare, Southbridge Credit Union and organizations, such as, Sturbridge Rotary, Literacy Volunteers, Community Legal Aid and the Boy Scouts.   With the generosity of our sponsors we were able to provide t-shirts, equipment and food.  Thank you to United Lens, Klem’s, Southbridge Rotary, Hyde Tools, Home Depot, Big Bunny, Uno Pizzeria and Grille, Stop and Shop, Shaws,  Big Y, Charlton House of Pizza and Zoe’s Pizza in Southbridge for your support!”