BRISTOL - The United Way of West Central Connecticutâ€™s 28th Annual Day of Caring May 17 will bring more than 600 volunteers together to lend their help to nonprofit organizations throughout Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville and Burlington.
â€śWeâ€™ve had the most volunteers ever this year,â€ť said Donna Osuch, president and CPO at United Way of West Central Connecticut. â€śThere are a lot of projects including landscaping, painting, construction and a large fence being built at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. Itâ€™s amazing to see high school students working side by side with adults and getting things done together. Thereâ€™s a lot of enthusiasm.â€ť
Judi Ann Lausier, resource development coordinator with United Way of West Central Connecticut, noted that it is a good networking opportunity for many high school students, who often find jobs working for companies whose volunteers theyâ€™ve worked alongside.
Volunteers can work as long as they are willing to commit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each of them will be given a shirt for their participation and snacks and drinks will be provided on the work sites.
â€śNo amount of help is too little,â€ť said Osuch.
Several local companies and organizations will have volunteers helping out. Participants include: ABB, Barnes Group, Inc., Baur, Inc., Bristol Hospital, Bristol Housing Authority, Doubletree by Hilton, Cigna, the City of Bristol, First Bristol Federal Credit Union, GEM Sensors & Controls, Plainville Rotary Club, Plymouth Parks and Recreation, Thomaston Savings Bank, the Town of Burlington, the Town of Plainville, Webster Bank and Walmart.
Local youth groups participating include the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame, the United Way Youth Board and the Bristol Prepatory Academy.
Local nonprofits being assisted by volunteers include the Bristol and Plymouth Historical Societies, Route 69 Rails to Trains in Burlington, Bristol Preschool, Indian Rock Nature Preserve, For Goodness Sake, B.A.R.C., Norton Park, Shepard Meadows, the Plymouth Community Food Pantry and United Way.
Major sponsors include Barnes Group Inc. and Webster Bank and other significant sponsors include the Bristol Police Union and Stephen AutoMall.
For more information, or to ask about volunteer opportunities, call United Way of West Central Connecticut at 860-582-9559 and ask to speak with Judi Ann Lausier or Donna Osuch.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.