Ditching the desks for Day of Caring

750 volunteers serve community through annual service day

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Employees from businesses across the Greater Chattanooga area rolled up their sleeves Thursday, September 20 for the Day of Caring. Nearly 750 volunteers completed about 30 community service projects for nonprofit organizations and schools.

Since 1999, observing the Day of Caring has become tradition for many United Way business partners. CBL Properties has participated in the Day of Caring for about a decade.

“One of CBL’s core values is to enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” said Stacey Keating, director, public relations and corporate communications at CBL. “Whether providing a venue for local organizations through our properties or participating in community events like Day of Caring, it’s vitally important for us to be an active member of the communities where we live and work.”

Some Day of Caring projects seems small – like spreading mulch or organizing inventory. But, to the nonprofits who benefit from the hours of service, the impact is huge.

“In the nonprofit sector, we don’t always have the resources to do everything we’d like to do,” said Emily Barrow from Chambliss Center for Children. “The tasks that we got done during Day of Caring would’ve cost us thousands. That’s money we can now put toward growing our services and providing for more children and their families.”

To learn more about ongoing and ad hoc volunteer opportunities, visit the Volunteer Center online at ihelpchattanooga.org.

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