For Kristen Clineburg, volunteerism is a family affair.
"My parents always volunteered when I was growing up and instilled that in me," she said. "I can't stress enough the importance of getting out into the community and becoming a volunteer."
Clineburg is a youth volunteer initiatives coordinator with the United Way of York County.
She is organizing the "Caring Community Challenge," designed to encourage local families to do volunteer projects together.
The challenge begins Saturday, Nov. 10, and ends Sunday, Nov. 17, which is National Family Volunteer Day.
For the challenge, families can decide which York City-based organizations they want to help.
Volunteer opportunities include:
--- Weeding and cleaning a garden and hanging up picture frames at Head Start of York County, 339 E. Cottage Place.
--- Matching and boxing pairs of shoes, at Shadowfax Corp., 386 Pattison St.
--- Sorting food at the York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St.
Donations needed: Families also can donate food, toiletry and animal supplies that the United Way distributes to local organizations. All donations should be dropped off between Monday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at the United Way at 800 E. King St. in the city.
Donated fruits, vegetables, nonperishable food, juices and condiments will be given to Bell Socialization Services Inc.
For the toiletry supply drive, the United Way is collecting dish and laundry detergents, hair care items, diapers, bathroom products and household cleaning items. They will be given to Mechanicsburg-based New Hope Ministries, which has sites in Dillsburg, Dover and Hanover.
The SPCA of York County in Manchester Township will receive the collected pet supplies, including trash bags, dog and cat food and bath and paper towels.
By participating in the Community Care Challenge, families can start a tradition of working together to serve their communities, Clineburg said.
"It's important for parents to show their kids the value of volunteering, knowing that at a young age, this experience can really shape their kids' character and their future," she said.
To get involved: The United Way of York County's "Caring Community Challenge" begins Saturday, Nov. 10, and ends Sunday, Nov. 17, which is National Family Volunteer Day.
To participate in the challenge, register online at www.unitedway-york.pa (click on "volunteer action center") and choose the desired volunteer activities, or call Kristen Clineburg at 771-3823.
Also, donated food, toiletry and animal supplies can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. -- during the challenge week -- at the United Way at 800 E. King St. in York City. The needed supplies are listed on the organization's website.
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