SJ-R: Students, other volunteers learn value of ‘giving back’

UW Day of ActionSJ-R coverage of United Way’s Fall Day of Action

Springfield Learning Academy sophomore Valary Carraro spent Friday afternoon clearing bricks and rocks from a vacant lot next to the Family Service Center so it could be used for a playground.

The project at the center, 730 E. Vine St., was one of about 25 going on all across the city as part of the United Way of Central Illinois’ Fall Day of Action. Other endeavors included cleaning walkways and raking at the Henson Robinson Zoo and clearing brush at the Girl Scout’s Camp Widjiwagon.

“I love being outside. I especially like helping people who are less fortunate than us,” the 15-year-old Carraro said.

“Helping out makes me feel better about things, even if it isn’t recognized. I just feel better making a difference.”

The United Way of Central Illinois has been hosting two days of action each year since 2010. Volunteers from a record 28 local businesses and organizations committed to this fall’s event.

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