The United Way of York County is looking for people willing to donate their time, talents and even alarm clocks.
Starting Monday, the United Way will accept signups for its 13th annual Day of Action, one of the largest volunteer events held in the county. The registration deadline is Friday, June 6. Register online here.
This year's Day of Action event is Friday, June 20.
Until then, people can sign up for volunteer projects at more than 30 nonprofit organizations, including the local YMCA, American Red Cross, York County Parks and Recreation, Jewish Community Center, the Salvation Army and senior facilities, said Katie Mackereth, the United Way's Day of Action chairwoman.
Projects will include painting, gardening and mulching and outside cleaning, she said.
The Day of Action event normally is done during a typical work day, with various projects starting 8 or 9 a.m. Some projects will conclude by late morning, while others will be done in the afternoon until shortly after 4 p.m. Most projects are in a three- to four-hour time span, Mackereth said.
For people who want to volunteer but can't get off work, the United Way will conduct a Day of Action collection drive of school supplies and children's books to be distributed to local early learning centers.
The United Way also will collect alarm clocks for the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative designed to help students wake up on time to get to class, Mackereth said.
"We have something for everyone who wants to volunteer in whatever way they can," she said.
Volunteers: Altogether, about 500 people participate each year in the annual Day of Action, Mackereth said.
A picnic for volunteers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John C. Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road in Springettsbury Township.
Volunteers also will receive free T-shirts and water bottles.
Mackereth said she hopes the Day of Action will help build connections between nonprofits and people who want to do ongoing volunteer work, Mackereth said.
"We hope (volunteers) gain a sense of importance of volunteerism and a sense of the needs in the York community," she said.
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