PUBLISHED: 1:23 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2005
'Day of Caring' for local employees
Continuing its focus on developing volunteerism in the community, United Way of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring a Day of Caring on Thursday, Oct. 2005.

The event will match about 140 volunteers from 20 local businesses with projects at 17 area nonprofit organizations. Each team will volunteer its time and skills in order to complete much needed service projects for the nonprofits, including painting dormitories and cabins, landscaping, shampooing carpets, and holding a food drive at a local grocery store.

As a tangible sign of support from the business community, employers have agreed to donate employees for a 5-6 hour day. Max Mertz, 2005 Day of Caring chair, helped organize many of the participating business teams.

"With so much necessary attention and resources going to Hurricane Katrina victims, it is a good time to remember the important role our local nonprofits play in the daily life of our community," Mertz said.

The University of Alaska Southeast will continue its tradition of volunteering by involving students and staff in an extended Day of Caring, Saturday Oct. 8. By volunteering their Saturday, they are able to accommodate agencies, as well as allowing more students to participate without missing class time.