VESTAL (WBNG) – On September 13 and 14, community members from the Southern Tier will come together for something much bigger than themselves.
Final preparations are full swing at the United Way of Broome County, as it gets ready for it’s annual Day of Caring service event.
Day of Caring started back in 2002, seeking to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Volunteer and Giving Initiatives Manager Joni Kaiser said United Way has around 1,100 volunteers scheduled to take part in service over 105 project during the two-day event.
She hopes the Day of Caring allows for people to see the good in the area.
“It’s really exciting for one thing. People hear lots of negativity about our area, and this one of things that counters that,” Kaiser said. “People are really caring and they want to get out in the community and make things better.”
The chapter’s Executive Director Jacqueline Gerchman is overwhelmed with the community’s support.
“It’s a gift and a blessing, and when I think about it for myself, it is truly a blessing to see our community come together, to see our community participate in activities that honors something that happened many years ago,” Gerchman said.
The volunteer spots and projects have already been determined, but Kaiser says that if you’re looking to give back, just ask a local church or even public library if there’s any help you can provide.