Volunteers completed more than 40 projects over the course of the day on Friday through United Way of Greater Chattanooga's annual Day of Caring.
This year, dozens of diverse projects took place simultaneously at various locations throughout the city. Volunteers completed a new fence at Signal Centers, wrote encouraging notes on coffee sleeves for Be the Change Youth Initiative, and completed several paint and rejuvenation projects, just to name a few.
“The work we completed at East Lake Park today would have taken our team weeks to complete,” said Sofia Rudakevych, Parks Outreach Coordinator with city of Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors. “We are extremely grateful for the volunteers that came out to weed, mulch, pick up litter, and clean picnic tables. This historic park is central to the community, and we do our best to keep it maintained so our neighbors can enjoy it. Thanks to the extra hands today, we completed the cleanup in just half a day.”
Over 500 volunteers, including employees from 32 local businesses, donated their time for this day of service - almost double the previous Day of Caring participation.
"United Way of Greater Chattanooga is thrilled to witness the overwhelming response to this year's Day of Caring,” said Natalie Patric, Director of Community Engagement at United Way. “It's heart-warming to see so many businesses and individuals uniting to create meaningful change in our city year after year. Together, we can accomplish great things and build an even stronger, more caring community."
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