The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 18, 2013

United Way To Organize Volunteer Work During Annual Event


The Daily Item

— The biggest Valley work party of the year is just under two months away. Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way is working to organize volunteers who will work at non-profit and human service organizations in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties for the annual Day of Action event scheduled for Friday, May 3.

United Way holds the volunteer recruitment event each year to give those interested in getting more involved in their communities a day when they can complete work projects at area nonprofits, according to Keri Albright, president and CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way. “Any individual or group who wants to volunteer can register to join us. We traditionally reach out to people we already have a relationship with, but others who we don’t know can join the effort. If you’re in a civic club, or part of a faith-based group, we’d love to sign your group up.” Albright also said they are looking for any and all non-profit organizations in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties to let United Way know if they need help with a project, “We place volunteers just about anywhere. Your nonprofit does not have to be a funded agency of United Way to participate in Day of Action.”

Randy Shroyer, resident of Selinsgrove and 2013 Day of Action committee chair said, “In past years we’ve had Cherokee Pharmaceutical employees landscape Pinenotter Park, volunteers from Sunbury Textile Mills and Susquehanna Bank paint and stain doors and benches, and we’ve had employees from Coldwell Banker organize arts and crafts for a summer camp for kids. This is just the tip of it.” Thirty-three projects requiring 210 volunteers working a combined 1,090 hours were completed during last year’s event.

Day of Action volunteers will receive a “Live United” T-shirt as a gift. To volunteer for the 2013 Day of Action or request volunteer workers for a nonprofit organization, call Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way at 988-0993.