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Day of Caring grows to a week

BUCKEYE LAKE – One day of caring just wasn’t enough.

The Licking County United Way has expanded its annual Day of Caring to a Week of Caring, which includes several Buckeye Lake Village projects.

More than 400 volunteers from local businesses, schools and non-profit organizations are signed up to spend several hours painting, landscaping and cleaning as part of the United Way of Licking County’s (UWLC) 21st Annual Week of Caring, Sept. 11-18.

UWLC will kick off the week at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at The Grove by the River, 840 Hollander St., Newark. Volunteers will meet project coordinators, pick up their t-shirts and get the opportunity to hear more about UWLC plans for the 2015- 2016 campaign.

During the Week of Caring there will be 35 plus projects throughout the county. Some of them include:

• Canvassing Buckeye Lake to hand out free smoke detectors.

• Cleaning homes of two visually impaired women.

• Planting trees at The Grove by the River and the Granville Village School’s Land Lab

• Helping to create a “Recycled Garden.”

• Sorting books, papers, cans, and more.

• Many painting projects.

• Preparing Meals on Wheels.

• Licking County River Round Up.

Outreach Coordinator Luellen Deeds said specific to Buckeye Lake Village, volunteers and sponsors will team up with the Buckeye Lake Fire Department to distribute free smoke detectors to village residents where needed.

Deeds said the Buckeye Lake Museum will host volunteers Sept. 14, and Sept. 16. Volunteers will work together to clean the gigantic Queen of the Lake II pontoon boat, which is dry docked while the State of Ohio replaces the Buckeye Lake Dam. “I know the folks are excited to see the Queen,” Deeds said. “We’re just excited to be out in that part of the community,” she said.

Deeds said volunteers will do general clean-up work around Buckeye Lake Village on Friday.

At this year’s kick off, Executive Director Deb Dingus, will share some of the outcomes of the Community Blueprint Survey. She will share how UWLC is working with committees to find solutions to the challenges facing local communities.

Matthew Miller, the 2015- 2016 Campaign Chair, will announce this year’s goal.

Since 1933, United Way of Licking County has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues. United Way’s team of nonprofit organizations, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to build a community of hope by uniting the community to improve people’s lives.

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