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United Way hosts 15th Day of Action

Emily Yinger
York Dispatch
  • United Way Day of Action is a nationwide event officially held on June 20 every year.

The United Way of York County held its 15th annual Day of Action on Friday, giving volunteers the opportunity to help nonprofit organizations complete various projects.

The nationwide Day of Action promotes volunteerism in communities. Locally, more than 600 volunteers were present at this year’s event, assisting with more than 60 projects associated with close to 100 organizations.

Volunteers Angie Anderson, left, and Lauren Martin, from Memorial Hospital's community relations department, paint garden boxes at the United Way of York County during the annual Day of Action, Friday, June 17, 2016,
John A. Pavoncello photo

“This event gives (nonprofits) the opportunity to get more done in a day than in what would take them a few months,” said Nicole Shaffer, United Way of York County's director of marketing and communications.

Participants volunteered their services in the morning and regrouped later in the day at John Rudy County Park for an afternoon picnic. The picnic served as a thank-you for their efforts and included a donated catered lunch by White Rose Bar and Grill and family-friendly games.

“We hold the event to specifically bring awareness ... and give people the chance to volunteer and make connections,” said Zachary Reynolds, the United Way of York County's Volunteer Center coordinator

The nationwide United Way Day of Action is officially Monday, June 20. The local United Way hosts its Day of Action annual event on either the second or third Friday in June.