Thursday, August 26, 2010

Can you lend a hand?

NEW HAVEN - United Way of Greater New Haven is seeking volunteers to help improve local nonprofits, schools, towns and parks, the agency said in a release.

"All are welcome to participate; individuals, families, friends and groups from workplaces, schools, and community and faith organizations in United Way Days of Caring," on Sept. 10 and 11, the release said. "It is an annual series of community service projects focusing on community health and wellness including preparing and servingmeals, painting therapeutic rooms for kids , reviving community greenspace and much more."

The volunteer celebration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Soundview Family YMCA, 528 East Main St., Branford.

It is open to anyone who would like to participate in Days of Action and will include food, fun and games for the whole family, the release said.

“Days of Caring is a great opportunity to connect to your community in ways that you don’t get to do on a daily basis,” Cara Pavelko, donor relations and volunteer coordinator, United Way of Greater New Haven said in the release. “It also gives people a chance to step outside of their daily routines and give back in a meaningful way.”

There are more than 25 projects at 18 different nonprofit organizations to choose from in and around Greater New Haven.

"The projects and activities will raise understanding about what it means to Live United by demonstrating how when we reach a hand out to one, we influence the condition of all," the release said.

Register to volunteer by visiting or contact Cara Pavelko, Donor Relations & Volunteer Coordinator of United Way of Greater New Haven, at 203-691- 4225 or by email at

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