County leaders promote volunteerism Friday on Day of Caring

September 23, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 23, 2010

King County Council members recognized volunteers and urged other people to become involved in community activities by declaring Friday as a Day of Caring.

The proclamation is in conjunction with the countywide Day of Caring organized by the United Way of King County. The efforts fit into a national effort to promote volunteerism and community service.

The council issued the proclamation Monday.

The goal of the program is to demonstrate the lasting changes of volunteering on just a single day.

“The volunteers out in our communities are so inspiring,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a news release. “It is important to recognize local volunteers because they add so much to the quality of life in King County. Our volunteers serve without the desire for recognition, but perhaps by thanking them and shedding light on their work, others may be inspired to join and increase the culture of volunteerism and community service in King County.”

The event is the largest single-day mobilization of volunteers in the state. On Friday, more than 10,000 volunteers from 120 companies plan to tackle 411 service projects across the county. The projects include a weeding event at the King County soccer fields in Preston.

“United Way of King County is about making fundamental change, and a key strategy to solving our community’s toughest problems is volunteerism,” United Way of King County CEO Jon Fine said in the release. “I can’t think of a better way to kick-off United Way’s fundraising campaign than to have so many people giving their time, to make our community stronger.”

The day also serves as the official kick-off of United Way of King County’s fundraising campaign.

“Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to feel good about contributing to improvements in your own community,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the other Issaquah-area representative, said in the release. “Your skills are valued for many volunteer activities, no matter your age or expertise.”

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