Bringing together about 500 volunteers each year, the annual Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events held in York County.

This year's event is set for Friday, June 21, and the United Way of York County is encouraging volunteers to start signing up for projects on Tuesday.

The United Way partners with local nonprofit organizations each year to host more than 75 projects throughout the county.

This year, there will be a lot of outdoor events, such as painting, cleaning and gardening, said Elyshia Menkin, Day of Action co-chair .

She said the United Way holds this event every year to encourage volunteering and give back to the community.

"Sometimes the volunteers say they benefit more," she said.

Projects will be held throughout the day, so volunteers can find opportunities that fit with their schedules.

The event normally extends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and most projects are in a four-hour time span, added event co-chair Katie Mackereth.

She said the United Way will give free T-shirts and water bottles to those who participate. There is no kickoff before the event this year, and volunteers will start the day by meeting at their project sites, she said.

Volunteers of all skill levels can register to participate in projects as an individual or as a group. To sign up for a project, visit

Registration closes on June 7.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at