On Friday, a local non-profit will put many residents of the community to work to better the community.
United Way of Forsyth County will host the 16th annual Day of Caring event on Friday. One of the organization’s largest undertakings will be packing 156,000 non-perishable meals for those in need at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College.
“The food that is received from Day of Caring enables us to reach over 200 families each week through our client choice food market,” said Joni Smith, executive director of The Place of Forsyth County, in a news release. “The volunteers that assist our organization through United Way of Forsyth County are a blessing to the community.”
About 800 volunteers are expected to attend the food packing, and another 150 will complete projects for other agencies. Local companies will send teams ranging from five to 150 to volunteers, including work for agencies that do not have the resources to complete such endeavors.
“Day of Caring is a remarkable team builder for companies and allows volunteers to see firsthand the impact they are making within the community,” said Ruth Goode, executive director of United Way. “Many of these businesses also use the event to kick-start their annual workplace giving campaigns.”
Packed meals will include apple cinnamon oatmeal, jars of five-bean soup and family snack packs and will be delivered to local food pantries “to provide for the county’s food-insecure residents.”
Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, and registration, breakfast and plaque presentations will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Those who have volunteered have been assigned to the conference center, Cumming City Park or a designated agency.
Registration for the event has closed due to reaching capacity.
For more information on the Day of Caring got to UnitedWayForsyth.com or call (770) 781-4100.