700 Volunteers Cover the Valley in Community Service During United Way’s 29th Day of Caring, Presented by Crayola
Allentown, PA June 23, 2022 – More than 700 energetic volunteers united to complete community service projects at over 40 area nonprofits during the 29th United Way Day of Caring, presented by Crayola in partnership with Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.
“Today is a great day to live, work and give in the Greater Lehigh Valley. You could feel the LIVE UNITED spirit in every corner the community. I’m grateful to and inspired by the hundreds of people who rolled up their sleeves and invested their talent and energy in serving our community during Day of Caring,” said David Lewis, President, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV).
United Way kicks off its annual campaign with Day of Caring, which is the largest single-day volunteer effort in the community.
“This is just the beginning. Day of Caring gives volunteers and donors the opportunity to see their impact in action. By working together with United Way, we can achieve so much more, and we encourage everyone to get involved and help in any way they can,” said ASR Media Productions President Ashley Russo, who is co-chairing the United Way campaign with her husband Dr. Joseph Russo as well as PPL President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Sorgi and his wife Michelle.
In the Greater Lehigh Valley, 700 participants from over 40 companies and organizations contributed more than 3,500 hours of service, valued at over $98,000, to more than 50 nonprofits in Lehigh and Northampton and counties. Some Day of Caring projects included:
- Painting and refreshing The Salvation Army Easton Corps with Crayola
- Organizing and painting Community School spaces at Central Elementary School in Allentown with City Center Allentown
- Renovations and cleaning at Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown with Dual Temp Company Inc.
- Updating the homeless facility at Easton Area Neighborhood Center with Martin Guitar Company
“Today’s volunteers should know that together they made a huge impact on our nonprofits and made a real difference for a lot of people who rely on them,” said Karen Daly Smith, CEO, Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.
Day of Caring’s presenting sponsor is Crayola with additional support from Bronze Sponsors Amazon Fulfillment, Capital Blue Cross and Just Born Quality Confections; Pearl Sponsors AAA East Central, and in-kind contributors ASR Media Productions, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Uline, Wegmans and Working Dog Press.
About United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
United Way fights for the health, safety and education of every person in the Greater Lehigh Valley and envisions communities where every person belongs and every person thrives. We strive to achieve this goal by assessing community needs, raising funds, investing in solutions and mobilizing our community to action. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayGLV.org.
About the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
The mission of the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is to be the premier resource to connect, empower, and transform an inclusive and engaged diverse culture within the Greater Lehigh Valley by partnering with people, businesses, and non-profits through volunteer coordination, leadership development, and recognition.