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Calling All Project Proposals! Deadline for United Way's Day of Caring is Wednesday

by on July 30, 2013 12:50 PM

The United Way is gearing up for its annual Day of Caring, and it the organization is accepting projects proposals until Wednesday, July 31.

The PNC Day of Caring has been going on for about 20 years, says Megan Evans, Communications Director at Centre County United Way.

“It’s just one day – always the first Thursday in October – when local non-profits, historical sites and recreational facilities can submit projects to our office that can be completed in one day,” Evans says. “It could be painting a bathroom or a conference room, or landscaping. We’ve had people have roofs replaced and driveways sealed. Things like that.”

Evans says the non-profit organizations submit the project proposals to the Centre County United Way office, 2790 West College Avenue, and then volunteers are recruited from around the area to work on the projects, which are done for little to no cost to the recipient organization. No special skills are required to volunteer either.

Last year, about 1,000 volunteers from throughout Centre County worked on more than 80 projects throughout the region on the Day of Caring. Members from the Penn State football team and Lady Lions basketball team even chipped in to help keep some State College landmarks like the Centre Furnace Mansion looking good.

The 2013 PNC Bank Day of Caring in Centre County, which occurs this year on Oct. 3, will kick off with a free breakfast for all volunteers at the Bryce Jordan Center. Honorary Chair Sue Paterno will also be in attendance before the volunteers take to the streets.

“The community is really aware of it and really looks forward to it,” Evans says about the event.

Proposals from previous years included building fire escapes for apartment buildings and pitching in at Centre County PAWS. Even the United Way’s office walls were treated to a fresh coat of paint.

“It’s awesome because, working at a non-profit, we’re social workers,” Evans says. “We’re not painters or construction workers or landscapers. There’s really not money in the budget if our offices need a fresh coat of paint.”

“It’s a fun day. The volunteers love it and the agencies love it.”

For more information on volunteering or how to propose a project, click HERE.

Shawn Christ is a recent Penn State graduate who is working as an intern for
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