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65 Volunteers Take Part in Tompkins Day of Action

Original Source - Ithaca Journal

By Simon Wheeler

About 65 volunteers came out to four sites Friday and will go to a fifth Saturday as part United Way of Tompkins County’s Day of Action.

On Friday the projects were: landscaping and gardening at the Ithaca Children’s Garden; doing chores at the Wood’s Earth Living Classroom; serving brunch to seniors at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and helping the Brooktondale Community Center prepare for its summer programs.

On Saturday, volunteers will do trail maintenance and clean-up at Robert H. Treman State Park.

As an organization with only one full-time employee, Mila Fournier of Ithaca, the interim site manager for the Ithaca Children’s Garden, was grateful for the help. She said 22 people each putting in four hours of work Friday was equivalent to two full work weeks for her.

“The transformation that happens here at the garden would not happen without the volunteers,” said Fournier.

The United Way Day of Action is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark’s Depend brand. The company gave about $3,200 to the United Way of Tompkins County to cover costs such as supplies and refreshments for Day of Action.

The United Way of Tompkins County is one of more than 10 United Way organizations across the country to receive support from Kimberly-Clark. This is the first year the company has sponsored the event in Tompkins County.