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Local organizations prepare for upcoming Day of Caring

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The United Way of Broome County is gearing up for its Day of Caring event, which will involve more than 100 local non-profits and 1,000 volunteers.

The Discovery Center is one of many organizations reaping the benefits from this annual volunteer event. 

"We depend on the volunteers to help us out because it's a really big play area to keep up and repair everything, change new exhibits, paint everything  and freshen everything up. It's a big job," Cheryl Dutko, director of exhibits and special events at the Discovery Center, said.

About 15 employees from United Health Services will be volunteering in the Discovery Center's Story Garden this Friday.

"This year we're excited. We're going to be getting the story garden ready for fall so we'll be planting bulbs  to come up in the spring and they'll also be decorating for fall decorations," Cory Jacobs, foundation executive director at UHS, said.

Day of Caring uses hands-on volunteering to bring the community together.

"I think it's a good opportunity for the nonprofit sector to explain what they do to people in the business community who really may not know, so that brings their understanding better together in that sense," Joni Kaiser, from United Way of Broome County, said.

Kaiser said registration has closed for Friday and Saturday's Day of Caring but those interested in volunteering can contact United Way of Broome County for future events. 

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