Nearly 1,700 Volunteers Unite for 27th Annual Day of Caring
On Friday, September 6, nearly 1,700 volunteers helped kick off United Way of the Capital Region’s 2019 campaign by participating in the 27th annual Day of Caring. This is one of the largest Day of Caring events in recent years for United Way of the Capital Region.
As the lead sponsor, PNC Bank has extended its more than two decades of support of this event, which is the largest one-day mobilization of volunteers in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Dressed in “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts, volunteers from 81 companies worked on 125 projects to include painting, landscaping, the installation of smoke alarms in Harrisburg, and a major outdoor cleanup project in Allison Hill.
“The United Way and its partner organizations are making a positive and measurable impact on the lives of Capital Region residents,” said Jim Hoehn, PNC regional president in Central Pennsylvania. “PNC is committed to helping improve the health, vitality and economic stability of the communities we serve. In addition to our longstanding sponsorship of Day of Caring activities, we have a strong presence at the day's events which reflects our employees’ personal investment in strengthening our local communities.”
United Way of the Capital Region also announced a 2019 campaign goal of $10,000,579 at a breakfast, sponsored by Penn State Health and Wegmans, for Day of Caring volunteers.
“Now more than ever, United Way and our community are working together to improve life in the Capital Region,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “We’re helping individuals become self-sufficient through access to health care, basic needs services, school readiness and workforce development.”
Leading this year’s fundraising efforts are Campaign Chair Philip W. Guarneschelli, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle and Vice Chair John Campbell, manager, Wilmington Trust.
“I believe in the mission of United Way and the impact the organization’s new work is making in our region,” said Guarneschelli. “As a business leader, I know that it’s important to do all that I can to create a stronger, more vibrant future for the Capital Region. I’m proud to serve as campaign chair.”
This year, donors who give $182 or more to United Way’s campaign are eligible to win one of four prizes: a 2020 Kia Soul S, donated by Turner Automotive; a $1,500 getaway courtesy of AAA Central Penn; $1,500 in groceries donated by Giant Food Stores; and a $1,000 VISA gift card courtesy of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospitals.
View photos from Day of Caring on our Flickr page.