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Local United Way asks community to donate a day of service

PLATTSBURGH - The United Way of the Adirondack Region is asking people to donate a day to help others.

The nonprofit organization is a "Day of Caring," a day-long event Saturday, April 16, in which 200 volunteers are expected to assist in 20 community improvement projects, including clean-up, organization assistance and beautification.

"Projects vary in nature, but they're all geared towards improving the community," explained United Way Executive Director John C. Bernardi.

Approximately half the volunteers will come from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Project HELP, one of the United Way's partners in the event. The organization - the acronym for which stand for Hands Engaged in Linking People - provides students with volunteer experiences compatible with their interests and increases their interest in helping the community.

"Our main partnership is with Project HELP," noted Bernardi, adding additional partners include the Press-Republican. "We think its a win-win for everyone involved."

Projects range from nonprofit organizations to municipalities, and even some state facilities.

"It's a celebration of volunteerism, and our being able to advance the mission of the United Way," said Bernardi.

The regional event will occur in Clinton Essex, and Franklin counties.

"We'll be throughout the region, from Ticonderoga to Malone - and all points in between," he said.

Bernardi noted although the event hasn't occurred for many years, they hope to make it an annual occurrence.

"We anticipate doing this on an annual basis, we see it as a great benefit to the community on numerous levels," he said.

Additional volunteers are always needed, and organizations in need of facilitation are encouraged to contact the United Way.

"The results will be very helpful throughout the region, and will make our community a better place to live," stressed Bernardi.

For more information or to volunteer contact Bernardi at 563-0028 or visit www.unitedwayadk.org.

MaryWeinstein is a correspondent for Denton Publications. She may be reached at mary@denpubs.com.

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