LEWISTON – “What a Difference a Hand Makes!” was the theme for United Way of Androscoggin County’s third annual Day of Caring event held on Sept. 16. More than 100 volunteers from 10 local companies joined forces to help with community projects.

They painted and spruced up offices for United Way partner agencies, helped with maintenance on clients’ homes and sorted food at a local food bank.

“Volunteers are the backbone of United Way, and the individuals who participated in the Day of Caring activities generously gave their time to provide a helping hand to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Joleen Bedard, executive director of the United Way of Androscoggin County.

United Way partner agencies submitted suggestions for a variety of projects that needed to be completed, and United Way staff coordinated the volunteer assignments throughout Androscoggin County.

Companies that participated were Banknorth, Electro-Static Technology, General Electric, Hannaford Brothers (Auburn), Healey and Associates, L.L. Bean, Mechanics Savings Bank, Oxford Networks, Shaw’s (Auburn) and Spiller’s.

Employees dedicated their time to helping the following United Way partner agencies: Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Catholic Charities Maine SEARCH Program and St. Francis House, Common Ties Mental Health Coalition, Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Rural Community Action Ministry, Sandcastle Preschool Program, Salvation Army, Western Maine Community Action and YMCA Camp Connor.

For more information about the United Way, to find out about methods to donate or how contributions help the residents of Androscoggin County, call 795-4000 or visit the Web at www.unitedwayandro.org.

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