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United Way mobilizes volunteers for 'Day of Action' on Wednesday

United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Young volunteers pitch in during a previous Day of Action.

The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is hosting its 29th Day of Action on Wednesday. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Once a year, The United Way assembles teams of volunteers to send out to local nonprofits for the day.

United Way
Amanda Leech has been with the organization for six years, and recently stepped into the role of executive director.

AMANDA LEECH: So we have kind of everything from outdoor cleanup, we've got projects that are focused on cleaning and organizing, a little bit of repair on outdoor spaces. We have some exciting projects doing some mail packing for local nonprofits. … The nice part is that there's something for everyone at Day of Action.

Executive Director Amanda Leech said that, beyond getting some work done, the event is also about building relationships.

LEECH: Day of Action is the opportunity for folks from local businesses, local community groups to get together, take on some of those projects, and learn a little bit more about the work being done at the nonprofits.

There are 21 projects on the docket this year, and Leech said they currently have 266 volunteers, which is a bit down from pre-pandemic levels. There are two projects still in need of helping hands – painting the exterior of Adagio House, a counseling center, and putting on an end-of-summer celebration at The Arc, which supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Then, after all the sweat and labor is done –

LEECH: This year, we're doing a post-event wrap-up celebration, and having it be a little bit more come and go as you please, and so that will be hosted out at Molson Coors.

To learn more, visit uwhr.org.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.