published Saturday, July 28th, 2012

United Way seeks Day of Caring ideas

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    The United Way of Chattanooga building is seen in this file photo.
    Photo by Lido Vizzutti

The United Way Volunteer Center is asking for all area nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and agencies to submit a volunteer project proposal for the 23rd annual Day of Caring.

Twenty-four organizations had projects selected in 2011, but the Volunteer Center wants more nonprofit agencies to participate this year.

On Sept. 13, hundreds of volunteers from local businesses and communities will partner with United Way's Volunteer Center and other area nonprofit organizations to serve local neighborhoods through work on community-based projects.

But the Volunteer Center needs help finding unique and meaningful volunteer projects where willing volunteers can serve and make the most impact in one day.

Area nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to submit project needs to United Way's Volunteer Center. More than one project proposal can be submitted and may be accepted but each request must be submitted separately.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday.

Anyone wanting more information or needing an extension on the deadline may email or call Windy Brooks at 423-752-0316. All project proposal information and forms can be found online at www.LiveUnited

More than 300 volunteers worked on 28 projects in 2011, ranging from building houses and landscaping to clearing fallen trees and repairing tornado damage.

The Volunteer Center draws its volunteers from area corporations and organizations that submit teams to work on the projects of their choice, but individual volunteers also are recruited for these activities.

Anyone can volunteer by going online at or calling United Way's Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316.

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