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August 16, 2007

Annual region-wide volunteer initiative to take place Sept. 9-15

Aug. 16, 2007

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202

United Way announces details for this year’s Days of Caring

Days of Caring is an annual United Way of Greater New Haven week-long event where thousands of volunteers from around the region work on one-time improvement projects. The United Way would like to announce the dates for this year’s Days of Caring as Sept. 9-15.

Days of Caring volunteer projects help regional nonprofits that may not have the time, financial resources or ability to perform the work needed. Projects widely vary and consist of activities like beautifying and renovating facilities, creating games and "hands-on" information stations for kids, organizing donated items, planting and landscaping, and planning or donating to a collection drive for anything from school supplies to diapers.

The 2007 theme for Days of Caring will be “Kids Matter!” Successful children and youth is a key priority area for the United Way and projects that dedicate themselves to this purpose will be emphasized. In support of this year’s “Kids Matter!” focus, children from the Connecticut Children’s Museum in New Haven contributed art work that is being used in the “Kids Matter!” logo.

"We hope to encourage individuals, families, friends, and co-workers to support our community and volunteer for Days of Caring,” said Jack Healy, President and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven. “Days of Caring is one of the largest volunteer events in the state and we hope to take the week to new heights this coming year.”

Once again, this year’s Days of Caring presenting sponsor will be Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Honorary Chair for the event is Marna Borgstrom, Yale New Haven Hospital’s President and CEO. Also supporting this years’ Days of Caring Activities will be Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and WTNH/MYTV9.
To search available projects and register to volunteer for Days of Caring 2007 please visit www.uwgnh.org.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.


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