CUMMING, Ga. (August 17, 2017) — United Way of Forsyth County will host its 16th Annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 1, 2017. More than 950 volunteers from over 45 leading businesses, corporations and schools will converge in Forsyth County during this one-day event to tackle food insecurity and other service projects in the county. Over 800 volunteers will package 156,000 non-perishable meals, while another 150 will complete projects with several partner agencies. Each project provides much needed assistance to our community.
United Way of Forsyth County organized this massive undertaking, possibly being the largest volunteer event in the county for making an impact on the lives of over 20,000 residents. Companies will send teams of 5 to 150 in size to volunteer on projects that fulfill the needs of local agencies, which do not have the resources or manpower to accomplish on their own. Volunteers have been assigned to Forsyth Conference Center, Cumming City Park or a designated agency.
The morning will begin with registration, breakfast and plaque presentations. Each volunteer will wear a special T-shirt to signify how they give back, build teamwork and LIVE UNITED. Volunteers will package apple cinnamon oatmeal, jars of five-bean soup and family snack packs. Immediately following the food packaging, local food pantries will arrive to pick up the food and stock their shelves to provide for the county’s food-insecure residents.
“The food that is received from Day of Caring enables us to reach over 200 families each week through our client choice food market,” said Joni Smith, executive director of The Place of Forsyth County. “The volunteers that assist our organization through United Way of Forsyth County are a blessing to the community.”
The event couldn’t take place without the continued support of United Way of Forsyth County sponsors. This year, generous contributions of 40 sponsors allow the United Way of Forsyth County to increase the number of meals prepared this year, ultimately benefitting our Forsyth County neighbors. Together, the partnerships create a stronger and healthier Forsyth County community for all its residents.
“Day of Caring is a remarkable team builder for companies and allows volunteers to see firsthand the impact they are making within the community,” said Ruth Goode, executive director of United Way of Forsyth County. “Many of these businesses also use the event to kickstart their annual workplace giving campaigns.”
About United Way of Forsyth County
United Way of Forsyth County’s mission is to improve the lives in our community by mobilizing the caring power and spirit of our citizens. United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit, partnering with global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information on Day of Caring call (770)781.4110 or visit www.unitedwayforsyth.com