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Jeff Heuchert photo

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Telus employee Jonathan Meng works in the community garden at the Local Community Food Centre Friday morning during the United Way's third annual Day of Caring.

Out-of-town volunteers leave their mark

The old saying “many hands make light work” was proven true once again on Friday in Stratford.

Over 140 volunteers turned out for the United Way Perth-Huron’s third annual Day of Caring to paint, garden, clean, and help complete other jobs at eight locations throughout the city.

New this year, Telus joined as an event sponsor and sent over 80 employees, some local but most from Toronto, to contribute. The company also paid for an ice cream truck to stop at each Day of Caring site to give workers a cool treat on their much-deserved breaks.

The initiative – which has seen steady growth in numbers in each year, is meant to promote the value of volunteerism but also increase the awareness about local service agencies and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish, says the United Way’s Lesley Spencer-Cooper.

“Day of Caring is about consciously thinking about others and making a small contribution to show we care,” she adds.

Supported agencies included Avon Cooperative Nursery/Central United Church, Emily Murphy Centre, Stratford-Perth Museum, Local Community Food Centre, Shelterlink, Optimism Place, YMCA Daycare, and Community Living Stratford and Area.

“These agencies don’t necessarily have the resources to hire people for these tasks,” notes Spencer-Cooper.

Other participating businesses included Aisin, CIBC, BMO, Family Services Perth-Huron, St. Marys Youth Centre, and PF Solutions.

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