FUND RAISING Day of Caring to mark start of United Way $3M campaign

United Way's Day of Caring kicks off the annual campaign.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Nearly 400 volunteers will kick off the 2005 Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way $3 million campaign Wednesday by doing service projects at community agencies.
The eighth annual Day of Caring, a communitywide service project, starts with an 8 a.m. Breakfast of Champions at Our Lady of Mount Carmel banquet hall.
After the breakfast, teams from 47 area businesses will complete tasks, odd jobs and organizing activities at 39 locations throughout the community.
Projects can consist of painting, cleaning, doing home repairs, serving meals and participating in activities and field trips.
Not only does the Day of Caring help United Way agencies, but it gives United Way volunteers an opportunity to see firsthand how the agencies work to meet the needs of the community, said Robert Shroder, chairman of the 2005 campaign. The Day of Caring emphasizes the importance of volunteerism to the success of United Way and its affiliated agencies, said Shroder, president and chief executive officer of Humility of Mary Health Partners.
The Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way is a volunteer-driven organization, with volunteers active in all facets, such as fund raising, public relations, planning, reviewing community needs and deciding where and how the money raised will be spent, said JoAnn Stock, United Way director of marketing and resource development.

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