Hundreds of volunteers take on 60 projects during next two days

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Schools and nonprofits around Indianapolis are being spruced up and transformed during the United Way of Central Indiana’s Day of Caring event. Friday and Saturday more than 1,500 volunteers will take on improvement projects throughout the city.

About 200 employees from Community Health Network did landscaping work, playground rehab, and organization work at the food and clothing pantry at IPS Washington Irving School #14 Friday.

“Here at School #14, this is where we did our initial day of caring two years ago so we’re really excited to be back here at School #14 they are really special in our hearts,” said Carrie Wilson with Community Health Network.

Community Health Network also did a donation drive for school supplies to give to the school.

“It is exceedingly humbling and exceedingly exciting. It’s amazing to see the type of people who are here and working you never think of a doctor or a nurse coming in to pull weeds and realizing that we’ve had executive directors and the heads of hospitals coming in and just making sure our babies our good,” said Josette Jackson, school community coordinator with IPS School #14.

United Way’s Day of Caring is an annual event and during its 22 years volunteers have completed nearly $5 million-worth of projects.

“There are large groups working on big projects. It’s a time when we can all come together as a team to do really big projects that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own, so it’s fun and it’s meaningful,” said Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana.