United Way holds Day of Caring to kickoff $10.5M fundraising campaign

Nearly 400 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and participated in 40 projects throughout the Berks County Wednesday in a kickoff to United Way’s annual Campaign.

Campaign Co-Chairs, Joe and Dana Hartz, announced the 2022 campaign fundraising goal of $10.5 million at FirstEnergy Stadium. Joe Hartz serves as the President of UGI Energy Services, based in Wyomissing.

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Following the kickoff event, volunteers participated in United Way’s annual Day of Caring event, one of the largest single-day volunteer events in Berks County. The event connects company employee teams and volunteers with local nonprofits on a variety of volunteer projects.

Activities included gardening and painting projects, helping at food pantries and serving meals at area shelters, as well as fall maintenance and camp clean-up projects.

“Berks County is a special community – – we understand the importance of caring for and supporting our neighbors and those most in need” said Tammy White, President of United Way of Berks County.

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“By working together, we make the greatest difference. A successful campaign is a critical element to providing stability for United Way’s 80-plus programs and services, strengthening the lives of Berks Countians and shaping our community. It’s all about people helping people.”

A few highlighted projects included Penske employees helping build a garden & outdoor classroom garden space at Lauer’s Park Elementary. Alcon employees helping with garden maintenance and painting rocks at the Oakbrook Community Garden. UGI employees painted a mural in the playground of the Reading YMCA. FirstEnergy employees spent the day cleaning up Aulenbach’s Cemetery.

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