Wednesday, thousands of people in and around Charlottesville volunteered their time to lend a helping hand for the Day of Caring. Dozens of groups spread out across central Virginia to give back to the community by doing little things that add up to a lot of love. This is the 20th year for the United Way event.
More than 50 volunteers worked at Cale Elementary School for Wednesday's Day of Caring. They were working to help beautify the school's grounds. The helpers are just a small part of an army of volunteers.
More than 2,100 people signed up to work on 242 projects throughout the Charlottesville community. Across town, another group of volunteers painted the Piedmont House, a halfway house for nonviolent men recently released from prison.
Volunteer Connie English said, "It's wonderful. We love to help the community out - both from a bonding perspective for Darden staff and faculty - but also to help organizations like the Piedmont House."
Wednesday afternoon, another Day of Caring event was held in the parking lot of WorkSource Enterprises. The lot was turned into a carnival.
WorkSource Enterprises President Chuck McElroy stated, "Volunteers have run this carnival for four or five years now, and each year, it has gotten bigger and better."
The party was hosted by volunteers from the University of Virginia and was designed specifically for people with disabilities.
McElroy said, "Regardless of the disability, they're able to be involved in some activity. It's just a phenomenal day for persons with disabilities."
At the end of the day, the volunteers had helped finish projects at more than 100 nonprofit organizations and schools. Many say it's a day they look forward to all year long and that next year's event can't come soon enough.