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Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Reporter, [email protected]

POSTED: 12:43 PM PDT Sep 19, 2015



More than 1,500 volunteers spread out across Santa Barbara County for the United Way’s 24th annual Day of Caring event.

Volunteers worked on site at dozens of local non-profits, schools and other community organizations on Saturday.

Volunteers at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation prepared the garden for fall planting, white washed walls, and made sun dried adobe blocks for reconstruction.

Some even helped with an excavation project.

Members of the United Way Young Leaders Society said the Day of Caring provides support to groups that would otherwise not be able to afford much needed projects.

“The Day of Caring event is incredible. It’s the largest single community service event in Santa Barbara in the year. It’s amazing what we are able to accomplish in one afternoon,” said Alex Koper.

“We have over 51 agencies that we give hours to that equate to over $250,000 that organizations would have had to spend like whitewashing the Presidio. It’s really United Way as a huge staple of Santa Barbara giving back to other non-profits that might need help,” said Amber Ortiz.

The Day of Caring helps kick of the United Way of Santa Barbara County’s annual fundraising campaign.

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