United Way's 22nd Annual Day of Caring

September 11, 2014
Author: good4utah.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH) - Volunteers from all over the state gathered at the Gateway Legacy Plaza for the United Way of Salt Lake City’s 22nd Annual "Day of Caring.”

Thursday’s event started off with a moment of silence to honor all those who died on September 11th 13 years ago. For volunteers like Carol Privett 9/11 is a day she will never forget. 

“It's humbling to realize all the lives that were lost and if we can give a moment to think about them again it makes you feel good,” said Carol Privett, a Day of Caring Volunteer with Zion’s Bank.

5700 volunteers gave back Thursday by working hands-on in the community at 135 different sites such as schools and non-profit organizations. 

“To help kids with their reading or other projects that are more beautification like painting, weeding, and gardening. All the things our non-profits really hunger for,” said Rebecca Dutson with United Way of Salt Lake City.

Buckets in hand, volunteers came prepared and ready to work. For first time volunteer Graham Larson, he's proud to be part of fixing up Camp Kostopulos. 

"We're going to be sealing concrete up there in some of the basketball courts and painting fence posts and doing other kind of painting work,” said volunteer Graham Larson.

No matter where the volunteers are helping, organizations like Catholic Community Services are thankful. 

“We were able to get 100 volunteers to help us with the dining hall painting. We are very blessed by getting this group put together and coming over today to help us out,” said Monica Rich a Volunteer Coordinator with St. Vincent de Paul.

If you were unable to volunteer for United Way’s Day of Caring you can still give back by texting “SLCKIDS” to 50555 to give $10 for kids in need of school supplies.