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United Way Day of Action June 21

June 21 is United Way Day of Action.

On this longest day of the year, you have plenty of time to get out and volunteer some time in your community. You will join tens of thousands of people across the country and around the world who LIVE UNITED by volunteering their time and resources to advance the common good.

United Way’s 18 partner agencies in Archuleta County positively impact our community with programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles and self-reliance. Here is just a sampling of how you can participate in the Day of Action: on June 21

Read with a child, participate in art projects, games or other classroom activities at Seeds of Learning: www.growingseeds.org or call 264-5513.

Sign up to be a “big” to a little brother or sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters: www.bbig.org or 398-0007. Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters allows you to try many different activities and expose the kids in our community to things they normally would not participate in, including river rafting, archaeoastronomy, model rockets and more.

Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Visit www.habitatarchuleta.org, email volunteer@habitatarchuleta.org or call 264-6960 to help complete house No. 23 by the end of June.

Other United Way partner agencies working in the area of education in Archuleta County are Archuleta County Education Center, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Pagosa Waldorf Initiative and Tri-County Head Start.

United Way’s local health partners are Axis Health System, Pagosa Springs Youth Center and Southwest Smilemakers.

Working on self-reliance, United Way in Archuleta County also partners with American Red Cross, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging-Archuleta County Senior Center, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Southwest Conservation Corps and Volunteers of America.

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for volunteers.

The 2012 event is the fifth annual United Way Day of Action, and the 125th anniversary of the United Way movement, which was started in Colorado by Frances Wisebart Jacobs.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact the local United Way office, generously donated by Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate, at 731-0484, e-mail lisaj@unitedway-swco.org or visit www.unitedway-swco.org.

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