Day of Caring in Rochester
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Rochester's single largest annual volunteer effort got underway Thursday.
About 7,000 volunteers worked throughout the day Thursday to make improvements to 400 local non-profits.
At St. John's Home, volunteers gardened, and engaged elders in a number of activities like pizza making and Mother's Day tea to music trivia and manicures.
Charlie Runyon, the CEO of St. John's Home, says United Way's Day of Caring is an important way maintain critical community connections.
"There are lots of things that will get done, but I think the biggest piece is that the folks who live here will have people coming into their homes who they'll be able to engage with, who they'll be able to have conversations with, and I think it's important because this is a population that sometimes feels they've been moved out of the community, and are not engaged with the community.
I think this is a great opportunity to have that emotional feeling undone for those people and go, 'No, we are a part of the community. people do want to come in, they do want to engage with us.' So that's the most important piece of today."
The Day of Caring is partnering with the Roc Read program this year to collect books for students for the summer reading initiative.
If you weren't able to volunteer, but would still like to take part, you can drop a book off at any Rochester-area Chevy dealership.