Centre County United Way to Hold 20th Annual Day of Caring
In a county-wide attempt to make central Pennsylvania a better place, hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves Thursday, and go to work on a variety of service projects.
Thursday is the 20th annual Centre County United Way Day of Caring, and people representing area businesses, schools, service organizations and Penn State will spend the day helping out non-profits, historical sites and municipal organizations.
Volunteers will arrive at their assigned project at about 9 a.m., but not before they converge on the Bryce Jordan Center for a group breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Day of Caring Chairman and Colonel Gerald Russell, who helped start the Day of Caring, Centre County United Way Executive Director Tammy Gentzel, Event Coordinator Beth Shaha and PNC Bank Representative Keith Barrows will all be on hand to kick off the event.
The event has been sponsored every year by PNC Bank, and is one of the largest volunteer events in the region. Projects are completed most often at little or no cost to recipient organizations.
Some of the places where people will be volunteering are the YMCA of Centre County, the Centre Furnace Mansion and Mount Nittany, where volunteers will be clearing the trail that leads to the summit.
Megan Evans, Communications Director for the Centre County United Way, says the Centre Furnace Mansion project is one of the larger projects. Up to 80 people will go to work -- landscaping, painting and performing general maintenance on the building.
Many projects have been completed in past years, but there's always more upkeep to do. "Since we have this [event] every year, now it's just a matter of maintaining structures," Evans says. "We do this with painting and general landscaping mostly."
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