On Saturday, April 21 the United Way of the Adirondack Region is teaming up with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh for the Second Annual Day of Caring. This volunteer-driven event hosts more than 30 projects that have included cleaning homes of senior citizens, helping complete projects for regional human service agencies and building homes through Habitat for Humanity. The event already has a few projects lined up, but is still looking for more. Focused on addressing some of the urgent needs facing our community, the event is looking for projects of all types throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
This year’s event is expanding its scope to include projects in the tourism industry for the first time.
Michele Powers, Vice President of Marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and director of the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau stated, “We feel it vital to the health of our community to be able to reach out and support our non-profit museums as well as for-profit attractions that were affected by recent natural disasters. We are also encouraging volunteers from the tourism industry to step up and get involved. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh had 500 students that volunteered on the day last year.
“Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh is once again proud to be partnering for Day of Caring. Last year we had incredible success in engaging our student citizens by placing them at local agencies in this wonderful community they call their home away from home. The Day of Caring represents the best of the North Country's spirit it is about student, professionals, family, friends and neighbors coming together to serve those in need.” said Michael Cashman, coordinator for student activities and volunteerism at SUNY Plattsburgh. With an anticipated high number of volunteers the 2012 Day of Caring wants to put every one of them to good use, at as many sites as they can.