Many ‘Days of Caring’ volunteer opportunities around the county

Calling all painters, gardeners, house cleaners and others with the time, energy and will to help.

United Way of Snohomish County is gearing up for its annual Days of Caring, scheduled for Sept. 12-13. Several hundred people already are signed up to help. Volunteers are still needed for more than two dozen projects, according to Neil Parekh, a spokesman for the local United Way,

There are projects needing workers in Everett, Marysville, Tulalip, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Stanwood and Bothell. Wednesday is the last day to register as a Days of Caring volunteer. Registration information is online at: www.uwsc.org/docvolunteers.php.

In 2013, Parekh said, 1,019 Days of Caring volunteers pitched in with more than 5,600 hours at 47 nonprofit sites all over the county. Among places needing volunteers this year are:

The Mukilteo Community Garden needs helpers to weed, harvest, sort and clean fresh produce. Tools will be provided. In 2013, the garden donated about 1,900 pounds of produce to food banks and charities. Shifts Sept. 12-13.

The Tulalip Boys &Girls Club needs help spreading bark and repainting its teen center. The club provides before- and after-school programs for kids ages 5 to 18, and full-day programs during school breaks. Shifts Sept. 13.

Volunteers of America Western Washington needs help at the Red Barn Community Farm in Everett’s Lowell neighborhood. Helpers will weed, water, till or harvest food that’s distributed to 20 Snohomish County food banks and 23 area meal programs. Shifts, Sept. 12-13.

Pinewood Elementary School in Marysville needs helpers for school beautification projects. There also will be opportunities to read to children. Shifts, Sept. 12.

Other agencies needing help are: Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Helping Hands Ministries and the Northshore Senior Center in Bothell, Habitat for Humanity in Marysville, Child Strive, Friends of Youth, YMCA of Snohomish County in Everett, Smithwright Services in Lynnwood, Low Income Housing Institute in Mountlake Terrace, Full Life Care and Housing Hope.

Days of Caring

Volunteers are needed for United Way of Snohomish County’s annual Days of Caring Sept. 12-13. Wednesday is the deadline to register as a volunteer. For information or to sign up: www.uwsc.org/docvolunteers.php.

Or call 425-374-5549 or email volunteer@uwsc.org

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