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Kishwaukee United Way looking for a few caring volunteers

DEKALB – Members of the Kishwaukee United Way are looking for a few caring volunteers.

The organization is set to host its annual Day of Caring on Thursday. As part of the event, several volunteer projects will be completed at local organizations, such as window washing at Opportunity House group homes, murals painted at the Adult Day Care Center and mulch being installed at the playgrounds for the Children’s Learning Center and Growing Place.

Other volunteers will deliver items to patients with the DeKalb County Hospice, deliver meals for the Voluntary Action Center’s Meals on Wheels program or read books to children.

The Day of Caring will be held from 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will begin with a kick-off rally at the American National Bank on Bethany Road, where volunteers will receive a T-shirt and information about their projects. Dawn Littlefield, executive director for the Kishwaukee United Way, said certain projects will begin at different times throughout the day.

“There’s a variety of projects for folks who can’t start right at 9 a.m. Of course, the baking for hospice can be done the day before and dropped off,” Littlefield said. “So it’s kind of flexible during the day, but we ask folks to give us a time range of what kinds of time commitment that they can give us that day, then we will try to best match them to what they need and what they can participate in.”

Littlefield said the Kishwaukee United Way contacts local organizations several months before the event to determine if they have any projects that need to be completed.

“We kind of put the word out to say, ‘If there are needs that you do have, we would love to help you fulfill those,’” Littlefield said. “I think word of mouth sometimes brings agencies to us as well, and, hopefully, the good work that we did the year before is a great reference for working again with us.”

Littlefield said volunteers are mostly assigned projects that are based on their interest. Some projects require more volunteers than others, she said, and they are assigned out based on the need of the requesting organization.

This is the fifth year that the Kishwaukee United Way has conducted the Day of Caring. Littlefield said more volunteers have become involved with the event during the past few years. She asked that anyone interesting in take part contact the agency before Thursday so that work can begin immediately following the rally.

Day of Caring Projects

The Kishwaukee United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday. To take part call the United Way at 815-756-7522 or visit

Advance projects

• Baking for Hospice families – 2 dozen items/person requested and they need to be dropped off Wednesday

• Decorating placemats or providing small items for Meal-on-Wheels lunches

Thursday Projects

• 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Donate Blood
• 9 a.m. – Landscaping/replanting garden, interior and exterior painting, spreading mulch or sand on playgrounds, washing windows, installing ceiling tiles, install/build storage shelves, assemble information packets, pack boxes for elderly clients, organize storage areas,

• 10 a.m. – Reading to children,

• 11 a.m. – Delivery of Meals on Wheels

• 1 p.m. – Delivery of baked goods to Hospice families

• 1:30 p.m. – Organize food pantry items

• 4:30 p.m. – After school arts and crafts

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