On Sept. 6, 25 women will pick up paint brushes, sand paper and gardening gloves while donating time to the Colchester Community Workshop, Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre, Colchester Food Bank, and the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester.
The women involved with this pilot initiative were asked to raise money through donations, pledges and sponsorship in exchange for them volunteering at a local charity. Online fundraising at www.colchesterwomenunited.ca ends Aug. 31, however, donations can be made up to Sept. 5 by contacting the United Way of Colchester.
Funds raised will go towards Community Impact Grants for more tangible assets needed by Colchester charities. This is different from the United Way’s Annual Workplace Campaign where funds go to programs in the community.
To offset the actual cost of the Day of Caring, local businesses have donated project materials. One hundred per cent of the funds raised by the women go towards the grants.
Ginger Stoddard, chairperson of the event and a United Way board member, said, “our goal is to support our local charities and to give back to the community in a way that shows we care.”
For more information about Colchester Women United Day of Caring or to make a donation, visit www.colchesterwomenunited.ca or contact the United Way office at 895-9313 or 574 Prince St., Truro.