Volunteers needed for United Way "Day of Caring"


BENNINGTON >> The local chapter of United Way, community partners and volunteers will come together for a day of community service this Saturday.

Volunteers will work at six service sites around Bennington for the "Day of Caring." A fundraising campaign kick-off breakfast will start the day.

It will be the second community service project organized by the The United Ways of Vermont—Bennington. The goals are to spread the word about the new chapter of the national charity, and make the community better, according to Kayla Becker, coordinator with the chapter.

"People can sign up in advance online, or they can pop in at the Saturday morning breakfast and go wherever there's a need for volunteers," Becker said on Wednesday.

She said there are still volunteer opportunities and people are needed to paint, rake and clean up litter.

People can register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/nfyLBlvgzS4TD4J13.

The Bennington County chapter of the nonprofit charitable organization

It's separate from the former United Way of Bennington County, a nonprofit organization that closed. The last financial form was filed with the IRS in 2014 for the 2013 year.

The new chapter is run out of the United Ways of Vermont, a statewide chapter. Becker said she was hired last August to restart the United Way presence in Bennington County.

"I'm trying to get the word out that we're back," she said.

She organized the first Day of Caring back in April and 75 people participated.

"It went so well that people requested I try to do it more often," she said. "We hope to do it at least every September."

Volunteers will help out at the McCullough Library book sale, clean up the yard at the Bennington Early Childhood Center, paint the teen room at the Bennington Center for Restorative Justice, paint the front porch of Bennington Project Independence, help out at the Bennington Habitat for Humanity project, and clean up the Riverwalk along the Walloomsac with the Better Bennington Corp.

The kick-off breakfast will start at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, in Bennington. The service projects will start at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Kayla Becker at kayla@unitedwaysvt.org or 802-681-8469. Visit www.unitedwaysvtbennington.org or The United Ways of Vermont—Bennington on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uwsvtbennington.

Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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