08/16/09 — Days of Caring campaign off to solid start

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Days of Caring campaign off to solid start

By Laura Collins
Published in News on August 16, 2009 2:00 AM

United Way kicked off the Days of Caring Wednesday and is already seeing positive results.

The event consists of a week of volunteer opportunities for community members to get a chance to give back and learn more about United Way organizations.

"It's an opportunity for our community to learn first-hand how lives in Wayne County can be changed through volunteer efforts in the Days of Caring," said executive director Steve Parr.

Parr said it's also a good experience for people new to volunteering.

"People who haven't been involved in volunteering can give it a try," he said. "Once they realize the impact their efforts have on the community, on the organizations and on the people these organizations serve, I think they'll come back and come back and come back."

People can visit www.volunteerwayne.org to browse and sign-up for volunteer projects. Upcoming projects include:

* Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro Supply Drive: The drive runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 19. A list of needs can be found at www.communitysoupkitchen.org.

* Wayne County Humane Society Food Drive: The drive runs from 1:45-3 p.m. today. People can drop off dry cat or dog food at Carolina Mini Storage, Pet Supplies Plus, Health Habit, Karen's Custom Frames and Weil Enterprises.

* Help with United Way campaign mailing: Can volunteer from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday or 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the United Way, 301. E. Ash St.

* WAGES Meals on Wheels Delivery: Volunteer to deliver meals from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

* Arts Council Clean-up: Volunteer any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 19 to tidy and organize the building.

For more event information visit the United Way's Web site or call 735-3591.