By Chris Dettro
Twenty Springfield nonprofit agencies got some help from about 270 volunteers Friday on projects they might not be able to take on by themselves.
More than 360 volunteers in total have been mobilized by the United Way of Central Illinois to help with 22 projects both Friday and Saturday. That’s about 100 more than participated last fall in the United Way’s biannual Day of Action, the first of which was held in 2010.
This spring’s event — perhaps now better named Days of Action — has a couple of new wrinkles that helped drive the number of volunteers to a record, said John Kelker, president of the United Way of Central Illinois
“One reason is that awareness of the event has increased,” Kelker said. “But a big addition this year are the Saturday morning projects — Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois, Lincoln Park, Southwind Park and Henson Robinson Zoo.”
In addition, projects have been identified in which children 8 and older can participate.