WAYNE COUNTY — The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties held its Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring Thursday as 64 people volunteered at five different sites in Wayne County.

They were among nearly 350 volunteers from 30 area companies throughout Lackawanna and Wayne Counties who rolled up their sleeves to make a difference by completing 45 different projects. This is the 23rd Annual event.

"At the heart of the United Way is the notion that together—united—we are stronger than we could ever be alone,” noted Nikki Keller, United Way vice president of marketing.

“Day of Caring takes that one step further and helps our volunteers see first hand the work of the United Way and our partners throughout the community. We’re thrilled to see so many dedicated volunteers rolling up their sleeves to make a difference,” she added.

The Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring is an annual, organized day of service named after the long-time United Way volunteer who founded the program in 1994 and chaired Day of Caring each year until her passing last year.

Day of Caring mobilizes hundreds of volunteers into United Way partner agencies and grant recipient organizations to provide much-needed assistance.

Over the past 23 years, nearly 11,500 volunteers have given more than 62,000 hours of service, and the value of the more than 1,000 projects they’ve completed during Day of Caring is nearly $3 million.

“Day of Caring is unique in that the volunteers see first-hand the all-important work of our network of agencies and at the same time, the agencies themselves benefit tremendously through the projects completed that otherwise might never be accomplished in the course of providing vital services in our community," noted Gary Drapek, United Way president.

This year’s Day of Caring projects in Wayne County took place at Victims’ Intervention Program with nine volunteers from Lamar Advertising, The Honesdale National Bank and Tobyhanna Army Depot; the Wayne County YMCA with nine volunteers from PPL and The Honesdale National Bank; Goose Pond Scout Reservation with 26 volunteers from Bank of American, Cigna, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Feel Good Motors and Toyota Scranton; the Hawley Public Library with five volunteers from PPL and Cigna; and the Wayne County Public Library with 15 volunteers from Wayne Bank, Cigna and Tobyhanna Army Depot.

For more information, please contact the United Way at 343-1267.