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UHS employees turn out in force for Day of Caring 

September 15, 2017

The members of Team UHS rolled up their sleeves and went to work in a big way Sept. 15 for the United Way of Broome County's 2017 "Day of Caring."

A total of 430 UHS employees volunteered on 71 projects at 30 sites around the county, an incredible show of support for the annual charity activity.

Teams deployed to the 30 locations by 9 a.m. or earlier Friday, and immediately began pitching in to spruce up the nonprofit locations under the direction of site supervisors.

UHS typically is one of the largest participants in the event, which commemorates the heroism and self-sacrifice of Americans in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The high level of participation is evidence of UHS employees' devotion to reaching out and helping others, whether in the workplace or in the community, said John Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS Hospitals.

"I have a strong personal commitment to this event, as do so many of the employees across our organization," he said.  "This is an incredible turnout for something that is an opportunity to truly make a difference."

Once a group of employees complete a project at a Day of Caring work site, they can see immediately how much they were able to accomplish in a short time, added Mr. Carrigg, who has volunteered on a Day of Caring team every year since the United Way inaugurated the annual event in 2002.

The UHS groups joined hundreds of other volunteers from across the community in reaching out to local nonprofit health and human service agencies, parks and attractions to clean, sweep, paint, plant and repair.

The work takes a lot of elbow grease, but there also is time for moments of fun an camaraderie.

Employees were able to choose a morning or an afternoon session, or volunteer all day long if they wished.

UHS annually approves a half-day of paid time off for those who volunteer.

Sites selected by UHS employees to spruce up this year included a cross-section of charity venue types, such as the American Civic Association, Cooperative Extension's 4-H camp at Finch Hollow, Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, Discovery Center, Family Planning, Meals on Wheels, Helping Celebrate Abilities, Tri-Cities Opera, YMCA and camps of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, among many others.

United Way leaders had high praise for the volunteers and their dedication to improving the ability of charity locations to furnish their services.

"Day of Caring volunteers provide the support needed to accomplish projects that many nonprofit organizations may not have the resources to complete without help," United Way executives said.  "Project types cover a vast array, from assisting with office clerical work, to helping with gardening, painting and cleanup projects."

The impact exends well beyond beautification.  It allows many agencies involved to reallocate funds that would have been spent on capital projects back into programming and direct services for local residents. 

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