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United Way volunteers give 'Day of Caring'

Deborah Malmberg Smith, Gretchen Schiller and Dawn Marquart, from left, represented First American Bank of Hudson. Randy Hanson photo1 / 4
Tom Schommer, Erica Spade and Jon Stow, from left, volunteered on behalf of Associated Bank. Randy Hanson photo2 / 4
The St. Croix Electric Cooperative "Day of Caring" team included, front from left, Disa McCellan, Jerry VanSomeren, Tonya Lathe; back, Rob Dooley, Sandy Slick and Tracy Constant. Photo by Randy Hanson3 / 4
Target employees Josh Howard, Mark Ganser and Carly Dietzman, front from left, joined UW-River Falls students Candy Sunderland, Lauren Hanson and Scott Vadnais, right front to back, and individual volunteers Neil Fredrick and Warren Schneider, back from left, in posing for a photo. Photo by Randy Hanson4 / 4

Close to 140 volunteers supplied the labor for a "Day of Caring" sponsored by United Way St. Croix Valley on Friday, Sept. 18.

Many of the volunteers were provided by Hudson-area businesses. After a lunch and rally at the United Way's Food Resource Center, the volunteers spent the afternoon assisting senior citizens and local agencies doing projects such as painting, cleaning, weeding and washing windows.

The Day of Caring was the kickoff for the United Way's 2009 fundraising campaign.

In the past year, the United Way awarded $624,326 in grants to more than 70 non-profit programs. An additional $197,469 went to specific agencies designated by the donors.