On Sept. 28, over 500 volunteers will organize throughout Thurston County to give back to their community. More than 20 different project sites will serve a variety of local organizations in need.

“United Way of Thurston County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community — and we take that fight to many fronts,” said Chris Wells, the executive director of United Way of Thurston County.

Projects range from pulling invasive plant species to painting and landscaping low-income homes. For many of these participants, this day of volunteerism will replace a regular day at the office.

“[Day of Caring] provides an opportunity for hundreds of supporters from our workplace campaigns, individual and corporate donors, and the community to join with us and enhance their philanthropy through volunteerism,” Wells said.

For example, volunteer teams from Anchor Bank, Olympia Federal Savings, and Puget Sound Energy will work on projects for Family Support Center of South Sound, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Thurston County Food Bank, and more.