United Way's Day of Caring Helps Many Local Nonprofits

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Wednesday marked the 24th Annual United Way Day of Caring, an event that shows off some of the work of local nonprofits, and helps locals contribute.

"It's great to have a day like this because it exposes 15 to 20 volunteers to what we do," said Ruth Poole, a volunteer at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Loaves and Fishes was one of the many organizations that participated in the Day of Caring. Poole said she hopes it attracts more volunteers so that they can get the job done quicker.

"Personally, I would love to go out of business," said Poole, "I would love to be able to lock the doors because no one is hungry."

According to United Way representatives, getting people involved in volunteering is one of the main goals of this day.

"They get to meet people, and learn about some wonderful organizations," said Caroline Emerson, the Vice President of the local United Way chapter. "It's just a great way to see what an incredible community we have."

The event started off in the morning with a large breakfast cookout, and ended with a kickball tournament sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"The volunteers have made a connection, and seen how good it feels to volunteer," said Emerson. "Hopefully they will keep doing that everyday in the community."

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