Heart of West Michigan United Way holds its annual Day of Caring Friday. The organization calls it an opportunity for about 1,000 volunteers to spend the day making Kent County a better place to live.
United Way spokeswoman Jane Royer told WOOD Radio there are multiple service projects going on throughout the community, including working with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.
"We have about 400 people engaged in working in the parks, doing clean-up, park-bench painting, and just general refurbishing of the parks."
The annual Day of Caring is in its 18th year, this year connecting 30 businesses with 50 non-pofit agencies, Royer said.
"What we like to do is match the skills and interests of the companies to the nonprofits' needs."
She said the Day of Caring focuses on education, income and health.
"One of the projects will connect with our Schools of Hope tutoring program. We have been collecting school supplies. We have a couple of companies that will be sorting and distributing those supplies."
She told WOOD Radio she finds it hard to express what a wonderful day it really is.