CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 8,000 residents in the tri-county area are participating in nearly 400 volunteer projects across the Lowcountry for this year's Day of Caring.
"No community in America has embraced this day of volunteering like ours has," said Lisa Mitchell, president of Hagemeyer North America and chair of Trident United Way's 2012 Day of Caring. "A larger percentage of our population participates in Day of Caring than anywhere else, and the result is a tremendous contribution to non-profit organizations and the people they serve."
Since it started on Sept. 11, 2000, 58,000 people have taken part in Trident United Ways Day of Caring, bringing $11 million worth of labor and supplies to area non-profits.
"Although Day of Caring happens only once a year, this is more than one day in September. We want to inspire caring year-round," said Chris Kerrigan, president and CEO of Trident United Way. "And that's the motto of this years Day of Caring: This is day one of 365 days of caring."
Trident Health employees have been taking part in the Day of Caring for 11 years. This year, over 50 employees will be taking part in four different projects, including making donations to area schools.
"At Trident Health our employees are committed to helping our community and schools year around," said Susan Burroughs, Associate Chief Operating Officer, Trident Medical Center. "This day allows all local businesses and service organizations to work together to not only complete a service project, but to highlight the need for the continued support our community deserves."
• Volunteers from Charleston Water System are painting the new Water Missions Building on the Navy Base at 1150 Kinzer Ave.
• Volunteers from Trident Health will spend the day pressure washing and painting a barn, dining hall and cabins for the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina in Cordesville.
• Volunteers will be planting shrubs and other flowers around the Rollings Middle School of the Arts campus, painting the gym and bleachers and replacing ceiling tiles in a hallway.
• Volunteers will also be painting a 4,000 square foot classroom and office space for the Trident Literacy Association in North Charleston.
Even volunteers not attached to a group have a place to go. Trident United Way is spending the day landscaping, cleaning and painting Park Circle in North Charleston.
Once the work is done, volunteers will gather for after-parties where they can share their experiences with others celebrating the Day of Caring, enjoy discounts and win prizes.
For a complete list of projects, click here.