Thurston County residents will be seeing more than 1,600 volunteers wearing “Live United” shirts tomorrow and Saturday as they participate in Days of Caring, a project coordination of United Way.

There will be 39 separate project sites with volunteers pulling weeds, painting buildings and cleaning sidewalks, along with other

Days of Caring is about team building for business and agency employee groups, and has become an event that shuts down some offices, so employees can gather together outside of work to make a difference together. Over the past 25 years, this has become the single largest demonstration of volunteerism in Thurston County.

“United Way is connecting community partners and supporters with nonprofits throughout Thurston County to accomplish projects that can’t normally be done in one day,” said Volunteer Program Manager, Stacy Hicks.

Seasoned teams from Anchor Bank, Olympia Federal Savings and Puget Sound Energy will participate in projects for Community Youth Services, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Thurston County Food Bank and more. United Way also welcomes new participation from The Evergreen State College —  sending more than 500 student volunteers — and state Department of Labor & Industries, which expects over 50 volunteers. Local wards of the LDS Church expect to field over 400 volunteers.

Day of caring kicks off both Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a rally at First United Methodist Church. The work will extend through each day up to 4 o’clock, until until each project is completed.