Volunteers lend a hand to several projects across the Valley for the Day of Action

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Hundreds of volunteers were in the valley on Wednesday for the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County United Way’s annual Day of Action.

United Way was excited to do even more hands-on projects this year, after the event had to be changed last year due to COVID-19.

Being practical gives community members a better idea of ​​the behind-the-scenes need of local organizations.

A group of volunteers were at the Blue Ridge area food bank to repackage produce, which will be sent to families in need on Thursday evening.

“It can be very difficult for families to buy products, so we try to complement this in any way we can and help support the nutrition, health and well-being of these community members,” Colleen Berger, volunteer and food drive coordinator for BRAFB, said.

It means meeting these people where they are. The food will be delivered through the food bank’s mobile pantry program, which follows the Gus bus to different areas of Harrisonburg.

“The Gus Bus is another place where we have volunteers cleaning it up today, so it will be nice and clean tomorrow for delivery of all of these products,” said Nadina Pupic, Program Support Specialist for United Way of Harrisonburg. and Rockingham County.

Berger says the food bank is grateful to have so many people to help because they wouldn’t be able to serve those in need without help from the community.

“We cover 25 counties and eight cities. There is no way to do it without our volunteers. Projects like this out in the community, it’s really important to us, ”said Berger.

Volunteers also lent a hand to around 20 other local organizations and schools on Wednesday, but some projects had to be postponed due to the rain.

If you want to learn more about volunteering for the food bank, check out their website.

You can also go to the United Way web page, where they can also put you in touch with other organizations in the region.

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