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More than 100 volunteers provided more than 500 hours of community service a year ago during Lumber River United Way’s Day of Caring.

The non-profit organization hopes to provide more help to those in need in Bladen, Hoke and Robeson counties this year.

This year’s Day of Caring, which traditionally held the Friday before Mother’s Day, is scheduled May 12.

“United Way is encouraging eager volunteers to give back to the community they love, 2023 Day of Caring is highlighting cancer, specifically early detection. The 13th Annual Knit-In will concentrate on stuffing and sewing pillows for breast cancer patients,” said Director of Community Impact Tomeika Munn.

Those interested in volunteering for Day of Caring can visit lumberriveruw.org/day-caring to find a complete list of projects happening at Lumberton Chevrolet Buick GMC Hummer or at offsite locations from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. May 12.

Volunteers will begin the day with a free breakfast and registration at 9 a.m. followed by a kick-off rally at 10 a.m. Interested volunteers are encouraged to register online by April 21 to ensure their preferred T-shirt size.

A few volunteer work projects identified for this year include:

• Knit-In event hosted by NC Cooperative Extension of Bladen, Hoke, and Robeson counties

• Beautification project at Exploration Station

• Rehab Lower Income Home with W.A.R.M. in Elizabethtown

• Lunch and mentoring at Southeastern Carolina Crossroads hosted by Elizabethtown Rotary

• Facility cleaning hosted by Robeson County Humane Society

• Beautification Project at Maggie’s Outreach Center

Projects are on a first-registered, first-served basis for signing up. Individuals and businesses unable to volunteer for larger projects may consider stopping by Lumberton Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Hummer to stuff a pillow for breast cancer patients, a 15-minute volunteer project.

Additional volunteer opportunities include dropping off nonperishable food items at Lumberton Chevrolet Buick GMC Hummer and City of Lumberton Town Hall on the day of the event.

Day of Caring is sponsored by Lumberton Chevrolet Buick GMC Hummer and GRAIL, LLC.

Lumber River United Way strives to create positive, lasting change for people in need. It is a volunteer-
driven organization dedicated to solving the most pressing health and human service needs by assisting
people in Bladen, Hoke, and Robeson counties who need help the most.

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