Rochester marks United Way Day of Caring

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The single largest volunteer effort got underway Thursday: The United Way Day of Caring!

For the first time in its 36-year history, the Day of Caring is taking place across six counties on the same day – from Genesee to Wyoming to Wayne and Monroe, to Livingston and Ontario.

The United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes each year brings together 5,000 volunteers from across the region.

"It’s really important to keep places looking welcoming, looking good, healthy, ready, safe," said Executive Director Gay Mills. "For every park, no matter who they are, no matter where they are."

Volunteers help nearly 200 local not-for-profits spruce up and clean up everything from parks, and children’s outdoor play areas, to even helping plant community gardens.

Click here for more information about how you can get involved.