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United Way seeks 'Caring' volunteers
United Way of Coastal Georgia is signing up volunteers to participate in Days of Caring, set for June 27-28 in Glynn and McIntosh counties.

Dana Haza, president and chief executive officer of the umbrella agency, says the phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to get involved.

"This is a tradition in the Golden Isles and we've had people calling all the time, asking when the event is, how they can get involved," Haza said. "They're so excited."

In McIntosh, volunteers will help spruce up the YMCA in the Darien Outlet Mall, off Interstate 95.

"They'll do painting, assembling of cubby holes for toys, setting up cabinets," Haza said.

In Glynn County, volunteers will work on the interior and exterior of the facilities that serve as Safe Harbor Children's Center in Brunswick.

"We've got the paint and brushes if you want to come help," Haza said.

There's more than just painting on the chore list.

"We're going to plant flowers as well and some of the kids rooms definitely need some love and attention," Haza said. "We'll be demolishing walls inside the homes too."

Safe Harbor received a grant for the project and what volunteers do will compliment that, she said.

"The agencies need this support," she said. "They need these face-lifts and they're costly. But when the community comes in it's achievable."

Haza says nonprofits, military groups, businesses and other organizations have signed up entire volunteer teams to help.

She says there are jobs available for just about anyone and a variety of times to volunteer.

For those who want to help but can't participate physically, monetary and in-kind donations are welcome.

"People can sign up for half a day, all day, a couple hours," she said. "If someone wants to donate in-kind goods, we could use some children's room decor."

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.


To volunteer or make donations, call Angela Robb at the United Way office at 265-1850.

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