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United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley volunteers return with Day of Caring

Stacy Wescoe//October 1, 2021

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley volunteers return with Day of Caring

Stacy Wescoe//October 1, 2021

The annual Day of Caring returned this week for the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  

Working with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, more than 500 volunteers representing 38 local companies volunteered at nonprofits in the region, performing tasks ranging from power washing and landscaping to painting and gathering supplies. 

“Our community has needs, and when we support United Way, we all become part of the solution. Today, we could give back by volunteering our time, and we encourage everyone to continue to get involved and help in any way they can,” said United Way campaign chair Laurie Gostley Hackett of Air Products. 

It was the return of the annual event that was mostly sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, and is the traditional start of the organization’s fundraising campaign. 

It is the largest single day volunteering event in the Lehigh Valley each year. 

“You could feel the LIVE UNITED spirit in every corner of the Greater Lehigh Valley today. I’m grateful to and inspired by the hundreds of people who rolled up their sleeves and invested their talent and energy in serving our community during Day of Caring,” said David Lewis, president, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. 

Participants were mostly volunteers from 38 local companies and organizations and contributed $80,000 in volunteer hours to various projects at several area nonprofits in Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties.  

Some project examples included:  

  • Painting murals and adding motivational statements to the pathways leading intoPaxinosaElementary School in Easton with Crayola  
  • Re-organizing the pantry and supply room at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with Air Products
  • Landscaping and sprucing up the grounds at Friends of Johnstone with PPL
  • Organizing and beautifying inside and out of Central Elementary School with City Center Allentown
  • Completing a makeover for the student relaxation room at Raub Middle School with St. Luke’s University Health Network.

“Today’s volunteers should know that together they made a huge impact on our nonprofits and made a real difference for a lot of people who rely on them,” said Karen Daly Smith, CEO, Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. 

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