PORTLAND, Maine — Up to a 1,000 volunteers from local companies, schools and non-profit organizations will spend a full day working on more than 100 community improvement projects on Thursday, May 16, during United Way of Greater Portland’s 21st annual Day of Caring.
An estimated $106,000 worth of labor will be donated during Portland’s single largest one-day volunteer effort.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with UWGP President and CEO Suzanne McCormick and Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic speaking at a kick-off breakfast at the Back Cove soccer field in Portland. After that, teams from Unum, Hannaford, Martin’s Point Health Care and dozens more local organizations, dressed in their finest LIVE UNITED T-shirts, will spread out to sites throughout Cumberland County to provide volunteer services. Some examples of projects include:
- Campus beautification and landscaping at Camp Sunshine in Casco
- Building picnic tables at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport
- Trail work at Presumpscot Regional Land Trust in Gorham
- Grounds cleanup at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland
- Medical supply sorting at Partners for World Health in Scarborough
- Trail cleanup at Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham
- Cooking and warehouse updates at Wayside Food Programs in Portland
- Playground maintenance at the Peaks Island Children’s Workshop on Peaks Island
- Moving and organizing classrooms at the Westbrook Community Center in Westbrook
Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland, says: “We’re truly inspired by the volunteers that turn out for our Day of Caring. Their giving of time and talent, together with their team’s energy, makes it a very powerful and moving day for everyone. We’re especially grateful to the business leaders who afford us their employees’ time for a whole day.”
McCormick added, “For some participants, Day of Caring is their first volunteer experience. We try to make it a great one, and hope it’s the start of life-long volunteerism. We encourage everyone to visit www.volunteermaine.org to find opportunities appropriate for any skill level or time commitment.”
More information about Day of Caring is available at www.unitedwaygp.org.