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United Way of Greater New Haven Announces September Days of Caring

United Way of Greater New Haven announces that Days of Caring, the annual region-wide community volunteer event through which volunteers work on one-time improvement projects in the community, will take place September 9-15. Yale University faculty and student groups are long-time participants and, in the past, have contributed to a wide range of Days of Caring projects such as park cleanups, classroom readings, yard work and painting for local nonprofits, in addition to the annual Children’s Book Drive.

Last year the University Book Drive collected over 1,300 books under the leadership of Diane Turner, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Staff Training, and Security. Turner has led the book drive at Yale for the past three years. This year United Way will work with Ms. Turner as a consultant to help expand the book drive to all of the college and university campuses in Greater New Haven with a goal of collecting 3,000 books to donate to New Haven Reads and Read to Grow. If you would like to help with promotion of the Book Drive and the collection of books contact Andrew Gray at andrew.gray@yale.edu. To donate new or gently used children and parenting books, look for Book Drop locations around campus from September 9 through 28.

“Each year I am even more impressed by the dedication of the University to our community,” said Janet Lindner, Associate Vice President for Administration and Yale’s 2007 United Way Campaign Coordinator. “As an institution of higher learning, we know that literacy can truly make a difference. We hope to provide books to as many children as possible through our Children’s Book Drive.”

Yale faculty and interested students or student groups are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many volunteer projects available during Days of Caring, September 9-15. To volunteer, visit www.uwgnh.org