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United Way of Eastern Maine Needs 100+ Volunteers for “Days of Caring”: October 25 & 26, 2013

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Bangor, ME – October 1, 2013 —

United Way of Eastern Maine is hosting its 5th annual Day of Caring on Friday October 25th and Saturday October 26th, 2013. Over one hundred volunteers from area businesses and the community are needed to complete ½ day service projects at local non profit organizations. “This annual event not only assists area non-profits with immediate needs, it shows the spirit and power community members coming together to help one another in Eastern Maine,” United Way of Eastern Maine CEO, John Kuropchack, says of the event.
Anyone in the community can offer a few hours of their time to help. Projects that volunteers can participate in include:
Our biggest project this year will be a cleanup effort. The area known as “the Pines” is a large section of mostly forested land lying between I95, Hammond Street, and paralleling Maine Ave being behind Northeast Cardiology and Hope House and w/ a northern edge behind the Penquis pre school building. It has been used, especially during warm weather, by people experiencing homelessness and frequently dealing with chronic addictions and/or paranoia. These are often individuals who do not wish to stay in a shelter. Many have given up hope and are chronically depressed and angry. The goal of this project is to clean up “The Pines” and make it a safe area for the public to enjoy. This project will require the efforts of 50 business partners and community members, working collaboratively to transform the land.
Another great hands on effort this year is the restoration of a portion of Bangor/Orono’s beloved Bog Walk. In partnership with Maine Conservation Corps and the hard work of twelve volunteers, unsafe portions of the bog walk will be removed which will then be replaced, ensuring the continued safe usage of this treasured recreational and educational resource.
Additional efforts include painting and weeding of a garden at the Bangor Hilltop School, staining picnic tables for My Friend’s Place and Memory Joggers, as well as yard work and painting for Wellspring, a residential program for men and women. Complimentary to the service projects, this year’s Days of Caring will also feature two drives: a book drive for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor and a diaper and wipes drive for Spruce Run.
These projects can’t be completed without the effort of people willing to volunteer. If you would like to participate, please contact Community Impact Manager, Sarita Field, for sign up information at saritaf@unitedwayem.org or (207) 941-2800.
United Way focuses on the building blocks of a good life, including Education, Income, and Health, by providing opportunities for community members to GIVE. ADVOCATE. and VOLUNTEER. “Day of Caring” is one way for volunteers to contribute positively to our community and spark an interest in volunteerism that extends beyond this two day event. United Way hosts www.volunteermaine.org a free on-line volunteer- matching website. Interested individuals and groups may also call United Way at 941-2800 ext. 212 to get assistance locating volunteer opportunities in their community.

Event Details
Who: United Way of Eastern Maine

What: 2013 UWEM Days of Caring

Where: Throughout Bangor

When: Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26

Contact: Sarita Field
Community Impact Manager
Phone: 207.941.2800 ext. 212
email: saritaf@unitedwayem.org
Website: www.unitedwayem.org