Organizers of the National Day of Caring set a high goal for memorializing the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Patrick Downie, United Way of Clallam County event volunteer coordinator, said he wants to find 1,000 helping hands to work on Saturday, Sept. 10, in conjunction with the Day of Caring and the City of Sequim’s observation of the National Day of Service. The events honor those who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.
Last year’s events
brought more than 330 volunteers across Clallam County to support nonprofits and cities’ projects.
Many of the same facilities and nonprofits are seeking volunteers for upkeep, including United Way projects at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, Sequim Community School and Sequim Food Bank.
Some of the city-led projects include painting fire hydrants, maintaining park space, trimming city lavender and more.
Karen Kuznek-Reese, Sequim city clerk, said the city organized the event for the first time in 2010.
“It was great to see the community come together,” she said. “We saw a lot of families working together at the water reuse site.”
Opening ceremonies for the events begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St. Volunteering runs through noon.
To volunteer, visit City Hall the day of the event, call United Way at 457-3011 or visit a particular site.
The full project list includes:
• Olympic Discovery Trail — weeding, cleanup, maintenance
The Day of Caring launches the United Way’s 2011-2012 annual fund drive, running September through December. Organizers set a goal to raise $1,002,011. Last year, United Way raised $900,715 for local nonprofits.
“We believe that local charitable giving will be the best way and now one of the only ways that we can help our most vulnerable families, children and seniors,” said Tom Baermann, co-chairman of the 2011 United Way Campaign.
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