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For those who can’t commit to volunteer work year-round due to busy schedules, the Genesee United Way’s Day of Caring is great way to contribute to organizations in the community.

The sixth annual Day of Caring, scheduled for May 8, is still looking for about 50 more volunteers for the 45-50 projects that will benefit Genesee County. Groups and individuals are welcome to participate. 

“It’s amazing the amount of work that can be done for the not-for-profit organizations throughout the day," Co-Chair Susie Boyce said. "A few years ago, the ARC was very pleased with how much of the painting got done, they had to go back to the store and buy paint many times because there was so much work being done. These people come in, they volunteer for the day; they’re focused on doing just one thing and that’s helping the not-for-profit organizations.”

Boyce says the projects are spread out over Genesee County. Some examples of work includes planting flowers and painting the library in Bergen, a food drive in LeRoy, working on the upgrade to Kiwanis Park in Batavia and Habitat for Humanity and those are just a few. She says there's work for people who can't do manual labor, or who can't be on their feet the whole day.

Call the United Way to get involved at 343-8141. Boyce says they will take volunteers anytime, but to ensure you get a shirt that fits and to better organize and distribute help to the projects, please sign up as soon as possible. The day kicks off at Dwyer Stadium and ends at Terry Hills at about 3 in the afternoon for reflection on the volunteer work.

“It’s a great day; very rewarding," Boyce said. "Anyone that has participated definitely feels great at the end of the day. And they’re exhausted, too.”

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