United Way holds Day of Caring to kickoff $11M fundraising campaign

Nearly 500 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and participated in 30 community service projects throughout the Berks County Wednesday in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

The day began at FirstEnergy Stadium with the organization’s Campaign Kickoff Event, where Campaign Co-Chairs, John and Karen Arnold, announced the 2023 campaign fundraising goal of $11 million. Thanks to generous sponsors, the organization has already raised 1.7 million.

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Following the kickoff event, volunteers traveled to their project for a day of giving back to the community. The Day of Caring is one of the largest single-day volunteer events in Berks County.

16 volunteers from Alcon worked to clean up the 18th Wonder Community Garden in the Oakbrook section of Reading.

The event connects company employee teams and volunteers with local nonprofits on a variety of volunteer projects. More than 500 volunteers participated in varied projects during the day.

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.

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16 volunteers from Alcon worked to clean up the 18th Wonder Community Garden in the Oakbrook section of Reading.

“United Way’s work is all about doing right, right here. Together, we change lives and provide opportunity through quality early care and learning, literacy, food security, senior services, homelessness prevention and more. It starts with you…each one of us…and, it continues by working together to build a strong Berks County for all,” said Tammy White, President of United Way of Berks County.

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