Valleywide : United Way Hosts Community Care Day

They've fixed earthquake damage at a Pacoima elementary school. They've restocked disaster supplies at a Glendale American Red Cross office. They've repaired toys and books at a Burbank YMCA. They've planted a garden at a Val Verde health center for low-income patients.

On Saturday, thousands of volunteers will again lend a helping hand to area health and human service organizations as part of United Way's fifth annual Community Care Day.

The cleanup event, sponsored by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, has grown steadily since its inception in the Valley in 1991. More than 1,400 volunteers got involved in Valley activities last year, an increase of 300 participants despite many of them still trying to overcome their own damages from the Northridge earthquake earlier in the year.

"This is an opportunity for people to learn about local charities and see how United Way puts our donors' contributions to work in local communities," said Joseph Haggerty, president of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

More than 3,300 people from 100-plus companies are expected to participate throughout Los Angeles County this year.

Community Care Day activities are scheduled Saturday in North Hollywood at the Maud Booth Family Center and an Activities for Retarded Children site, and in Canoga Park at the Guadalupe Center and a dental clinic.

For more information, call United Way of Greater Los Angeles at (213) 630-2100.

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