Volunteers sought for Tri-Valley area improvements

The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area will host its 4th annual Days of Caring, which officially kicks off the annual campaign’s effort that engages hundreds of people in giving, advocating and volunteering.

This year UWTVA hosts four diverse projects and is announces that Cabot Cheese and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille will be on hand for one or more events. Volunteer opportunities are listed below. Pick one or more ways to live united. Get your friends together, form a team from work, or come alone. Join in building a better community. All skill levels are welcome. Last year, 181 volunteers contributed 797 hours in the community through Days of Caring. These hours equated to $16,020 invested into the community through service hours alone.

Contact Eleni Margaronis, Volunteer Center coordinator to sign up, or for more information call 778-5048 or email [email protected]. Advance sign up is appreciated for planning purposes. Those who preregister will be provided specific details about their opportunity.

UWTVA staff and volunteers will also participate in Farmington Downtown Association’s Farmington SummerFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a treasure hunt for children, balloon raffle, community energy challenge demonstrations and sign-ups. This event is a great way to know the positive impact the United Way has on Greater Franklin County and see what is ahead for this year and next.

The Days of Caring schedule is as follows:

• North Jay Grange 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at flexible times, located at the corner of routes 4 and 17, in North Jay.

Assist in building and installing window panels made by United Way volunteers, to reduce the North Jay Grange heating costs for next winter. Cabot Cheese and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille will be there serving a free lunch to all volunteers. Tony Gill, retired trainer and quality control for Maine’s DOE funded Low Income Weatherization Program, will provide a workshop during lunch time that is free and open to the public. The presentations will focus on energy efficiency and home improvements that improve heating.

• Packs for Progress, is set for 2-4 p.m. Friday Aug. 22, Big Lots parking lot, 640 Wilton Road, in Farmington for backpack stuffing event.

The United Way has teamed up with local businesses to collect and fill donated school supplies and backpacks. Backpacks are made available to students with limited resources in the fall on a first-come first-served basis. Sign up for a backpack duty by Aug. 15. Help reach the goal of stuffing 250 backpacks to assist students in starting off their academic year successfully.

• Join The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area for a potluck and a day of ‘buttoning up’ from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at The Western Maine Homeless Outreach shelter, 547 Wilton Road. Volunteers will install window panels and other jobs needed to make the shelter more energy efficient. Gill will provide a workshop during lunch time that is free and open to the public. His remarks will focus on energy efficiency.

• Join in for a potluck and a day full of weatherization from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Phillips Community House, Main Street, in Phillips.


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