BENNINGTON — As warmer weather approaches, so does the call for spring cleaning in and outside of the house.
The United Ways of Vermont-Bennington County is gearing up to host the first ever Day of Caring on April 9. Volunteers will perform service projects for free around the area, in which sponsors and those looking to volunteer are still needed.
The county-wide event's focus is to bring the community together to establish caring power and utilize that to volunteer with local companies, schools and civic organizations, according to Kayla Becker, impact and resource development coordinator of United Ways.
Currently, projects will involve cleaning up areas around the John G. McCullough Free Library as well as garden work, car washing and staining an outdoor shed for the Bennington Project Independence. Southern Vermont College and Green Mountain Custom Structures are sponsoring the Day of Caring.
A volunteer appreciation breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Bennington Willow Park upper pavilion, and once volunteer teams are organized, groups will head off to their projects at 10 a.m.
United Way is seeking parties of volunteers to sign up for this day of service in order to accomplish more, whether it be friends, family or coworkers. All project supplies will be provided.
The non-profit organization returned to the area in August and looks at ways to improve communities and those living in them by generating volunteer events and raising funds for community focuses including health, education and income, according to Becker in an interview about the event with United Ways intern Andi Rodrigues.
"We want to move the needle to improve the lives of everyone in the county, but the focus has to be in health, education and income," Becker said in the interview. "United Way's role is to organize and facilitate the event, but it is really all about the community coming together."
In Windham County last year, 150 volunteers took part in the Day of Caring and tasks involved going to a farm to clean harvest that would have rotted. The result ended in 3,000 pounds of produce being donated to the food pantry, Becker said in the interview.