Great Rivers United Way hosts annual La Crosse ‘Day of Caring'

Day also kicks-off pacesetter campaign

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A local nonprofit begins its annual fundraising campaign Wednesday with volunteer efforts across our community.

Great Rivers United Way is hosting its annual 'Day of Caring' by organizing 32 volunteer projects around La Crosse. 'Day of Caring' also marks the beginning of the nonprofit's pacesetting campaign, which collaborating companies will set the donation pace for the official fundraising campaign that starts later this year.

Campaign directors say the community is why the United Way is able to help so many local agencies.

"People are not only willing to give up their time, but they're also willing to give their money to help support the causes, which is just hugely important. It just, I think, sets La Crosse apart from other communities, because we really do care about our neighbors,” said United Way Campaign Chair Mike Klauke.

15 United Way Partner Agencies participated in Wednesday's volunteer projects, with partners giving employees the chance to take part in projects. Some of those volunteers say Wednesday was a learning experience as well.

"I really didn't understand that much about the community garden until I came out here to work today, and what a great resource here at La Crosse,” said Dairyland Power Spent Fuel Facility Manager Cheryl Olson.

This year's 'Day of Caring' saw 283 people volunteering at 32 project sites across our area.

Great Rivers United Way's community-wide campaign begins in two months.

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