United Way, local church to host volunteer registration event ‘Serve the Valley’

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The United Way of the Wabash Valley is partnering with Maryland Community Church on July 23 and 24 for “Serve the Valley,” an event that pairs local volunteers with service projects and opportunities throughout the community; the organization and church initially partnered in 2018 to mobilize Wabash Valley residents to volunteer and “make a meaningful impact” in the area.

“We are asking volunteers to come together to give of their time and energy to create positive change for our community,” Abby Desboro, director of marketing and communications for United Way of Wabash Valley, said. “This is a time to really come together and celebrate our community, and acknowledge the important work that our volunteers do.”

After not holding the event last year due to COVID-19, “Serve the Valley” is returning with a goal of recruiting over 500 volunteers to complete more than 30 projects throughout the United Way’s six-county service area. Projects available to volunteer for include landscaping, cleaning, painting, school and library prep and park beautification.

“Over the past year, we have really seen the community join together to help those in need,” Desboro said. “This is a way for us to give back to the organizations that support those in need or provide us a great resource.”

The two-day event will start at 7:30 a.m. on both July 23 and 24 at the Maryland Community Church in Terre Haute, with a free breakfast provided by Elanco for attendees. Participants will have the option to choose their volunteer dates and projects, and each registered participant will receive a free t-shirt.

“Serve the Valley is a time we can all come together to shine a spotlight on all the great opportunities
people can get involved with in the Wabash Valley to help others,” Maryland Community Church pastor Dan Gisel said. “It is a great way to get the community connected to all these great organizations doing important work, and it also provides them a time to showcase what they do for our community.”

For a full list of available projects visit the United Way’s website. Participants can sign up either online or by calling Desboro at (812) 235-6287 for more information.

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