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Hundreds gather to serve their community


September 17, 2013

United Way volunteer Sue Betz working alongside Mark Guamao and staff person with the Low-Income Housing Institute. The gardening work was one of dozens of projects organized in conjunction with the 20th Annual Days of Caring. (Photo Credit: Bridget Healy/United Way of Snohomish County)

A group of volunteers including staff from Sno-Isle Libraries, members of several key United Way committees and members of United Way’s major donor group, the Tocqueville Society, worked with the Low Income Housing Institute to do some gardening around Cedarwood Apartments on 101st Avenue SE in Lake Stevens on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The volunteers moved a lot of dirt, did some weeding and planted new shrubs.

Kathy Smargiassi, with Sno-Isle Libraries, said, “I’ve volunteered at Days of Caring before and continue to do so because I truly believe that by helping other people you help yourself. I’m here today to live up to that philosophy.”

The work done by Smargiassi and the other volunteers was much appreciated. One of the residents of Cedarwood Apartments, Shakarra Borchgrevink said, “I’m really happy and excited to walk out of my home and see all the plants. This place isn’t going to look like it’s low-income anymore.”

Countywide, United Way expected 859 volunteers from 73 different teams to participate in 41 projects that will benefit 30 different agencies and cities.

That’s a total of 3,746 hours, which at the standard economic value for volunteer time ($22.69/hour) would come up to $85,000.


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