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Hundreds take time off to volunteer during Youngstown's annual Day of Caring

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YOUNGSTOWN,  Ohio - With a goal of raising two and a half million dollars, the United way is greeted by employees from dozens of companies, encouraged to take the day off and volunteer.

For the 16th annual United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley Day of Care, nearly 400 employees of 46 area companies volunteered to help local non-profits complete a variety of jobs throughout the valley.

On Youngstown's north side, employees of Compco Industries were offered a day of pay by their employer to spend the afternoon helping  the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation board up a vacant home and clear out blighted properties.

"It's just a great community," said Volunteer Tina Orr. "You don't see much of this go around in different big cities but in a small city like Youngstown I see them come together for really great causes."

Downtown, the day of clean up went on smoothly. A fresh coat of white paint was applied to the side of a downtown building, at the corner of Phelps St. and West Boardman. The paint is in perpetration for a mural that will promote OH WOW!, the Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology.

"We jumped on the opportunity today to have the volunteers today help us get this prepped," said OH WOW! Facility Manager Angelo Lamarca. "Home Depot donated all of the paint all of the material. We're very grateful for that."

At the Second Harvest Food Bank, 85-hundred cans of corn were labeled and ready to be shipped, thanks to the staff at PNC Bank.

"When it comes to Second Harvest the need for food in the Valley is tremendous," said Ryan Pastore, Director of Client and Community Relations with PNC Bank. "They're growing every year. The number of millions of pounds they produce every year goes up and up. We just like to help out any way we can."

The Day of caring is aimed to not only help local non profits complete much-needed work, but it helps bring awareness to the local agencies and their need.

The Day of Caring marks the official start of the 2013 United way Campaign. The campaign goal is to raise $2.5 million.

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