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Volunteers Help United Way Day

Across the state more than 1,000 volunteers helped out in celebration of United Way’s Day of Caring. In New Britain about 20 Stanley Black & Decker workers went to Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc., (CMHA) at 270 John Downey Dr. to help prepare the company for a tag sale.

“We are excited to have volunteers from Stanley Black & Decker help us out. It is awesome,” said Evelyn Jacobs, CMHA volunteer day coordinator. “We have items here that are priced to move.”

Items varied from office furniture to desks to printers and toys,

“We’re selling air conditioners for $5 apiece and have specialized areas for games and toys,” added Jacobs.

All items are from the CMHA. Some rare valuable items were also found upon appraisal.

The Social Care Program for those with long term mental health issues were also helping with the tag sale.

“There’s always something interesting to do with the United Way,” said Christine Roberge of Stanley Black & Decker.

“It’s more cleaning than I do at home,” smiled Theona Mohring as she cleaned a stove. “I think it’s great that Stanley has given us the time to do this.”

“I’ve done this before with other companies,” said Kurt Wolfe of Stanley Black & Decker. “I know how important it is to give back to the community.

The tag sale is planned for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

United Way’s 20th annual Day of Caring was celebrated Tuesday with more than 1,000 volunteers from 26 local workplaces completing 20 signature volunteer projects all over central and northeastern Connecticut.

The Day of Caring also marks the beginning of the 2011 United Way Community Campaign. A Kickoff celebration and Battle of the Bands was held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

The United Way Day of Caring, which began in 1992 with 430 volunteers, is a massive volunteer effort aimed at changing community conditions in central and northeastern Connecticut. Sept. 7, the 20th annual Day of Caring, also launched a Year of Caring, with volunteer projects continuing through the year. Nearly 8,000 volunteers from 90 companies are expected to complete 325 projects during the Year of Caring.

Year of Caring projects will focus on United Way’s interest areas—education, income and health, including a safety net of services. Volunteers will read to children, prepare meals for the hungry, assist with community cleanup projects, recruit volunteer budget coaches, and more.