United Way of Broome Sparks Volunteer Work Across the County with Annual "Day of Caring"
The United Way of Broome County had its second "Day of Caring" today, which consisted of over 300 volunteers helping out with more than 40 volunteer projects at local charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Broome.
The "Day of Caring" has been a two-day event held every year since 2002, originally inspired by the attacks on September 11th in 2001, looking to bring community members together to honor the heroes that helped that day, and in the aftermath.
At one of the many volunteer sites across the county, the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, employees from BAE Systems in Endicott volunteered, as they have for the last eight years, to help clean, re-paint and fix the many exhibits within the museum.
"We look forward to the 'Day of Caring' because the volunteers come and help us do some really big projects that we don't always get to... it's a lot of help that we really appreciate." says Cheryl Dutko, Assistant Executive Director of the Discovery Center.
One volunteer, Steve Kraly, a manager of administrative services at BAE Systems looks forward to helping out every September, and even throughout the year, at the Discovery Center.
"On this day, and this day being, 9-11, that it means even that much more, to be out here working, and volunteering, and helping make, you know, the discovery center a little bit nicer for all the children that come up here and enjoy it..." said Kraly.
The Discovery Center will re-open on September 13th, after the last of the cleaning and touch-ups finish on the 12th.