United Way volunteers complete 56 Day of Caring projects in three counties

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Published on August 18, 2021 with No Comments

Dan Johnston and Don Pratt volunteers from McAfee Animal Hospital help clean up at Art Barn School of Art near Valparaiso.

Thanks to more than 530 volunteers 56 nonprofit projects were completed on Friday, August 6 as part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring event.

As the largest single-day volunteer event in Northwest Indiana, Day of Caring brings together residents and businesses to support their community by helping area nonprofits with clean-up projects and more. 

“We are so glad to be back in person,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. “Day of Caring is just a great way to see the power of community in action.”

Volunteers worked on projects in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. More than 35 nonprofits benefited. Projects included landscaping, painting, building, collection drives and more.

The day kicked off with a free breakfast rally in Valparaiso, sponsored by 1st Source Bank, CSI, Horizon Bank, Indiana Beverage, Kankakee Valley REMC, Dr. Larry McAfee, McAfee Animal Hospital, Meijer, NIPSCO, Northwest Health, Dr. Jerry and Linda Rodenbarger, Sensit Technologies, The Times Media Company and Urschel. Food donations were provided by Family Express, Pines Village Retirement Communities and Starbucks.

For more information about the impact of United Way of Porter County and its partners, visit unitedwaypc.org.

About: United Way of Porter County works to lead community collaboration, unite residents and inspire action to improve lives in Northwest Indiana. United Way of Porter County annually provides more than $2.3 million to support a network of education, health, disaster and basic needs services. To learn more, visit unitedwaypc.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Pictured: (left to right) Dan Johnston and Don Pratt volunteers from McAfee Animal Hospital help clean up at Art Barn School of Art near Valparaiso.

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