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April 3, 2018

Nonprofits seeking hands-on help Saturday, April 21

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Some of the participants in last year’s first “Let’s Volunteer Day.”
The PATH Volunteer Center in Warrenton will conduct its second annual community-wide day of volunteering Saturday, April 21.

“Let’s Volunteer Day” participants will help nonprofit organizations with hands-on projects in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties.

Lynn Lauritzen, manager of the PATH Volunteer Center, says it’s a great way to give back to the community,

“In talking with our area nonprofits, it’s clear how much they benefit from the volunteers who help them throughout the year,” said Lynn Lauritzen, manager of the PATH Volunteer Center. “Let’s Volunteer Day gives a way for nonprofits to have groups tackle projects that are often a bit different from their day-to-day efforts.

“It’s really fun to see how much our community can accomplish in just one day.”
 
Let’s Volunteer Day gives individuals or groups of families, friends, churches and student clubs to make a real difference in the community, Ms. Lauritzen said.

These organizations have 39 projects ready for April 21:
Allegro Community School of the Arts
Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier
CASA Children's Intervention Services
Central Virginia Mission Hub
Clifton Institute
Community Touch Inc.
Families4Fauquier
Fauquier Community Coalition
Fauquier County 4-H
Fauquier County Parks Pedestrian, Bicycle and Greenway Advisory Committee
Fauquier County Public Schools
Fauquier Family Shelter Services Inc.
Fauquier FISH
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
Fauquier SPCA
For the Cats’ Sake
FRESH — Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health
Friends of the Rappahannock
PATH Foundation
People for Pets Foundation
Piedmont Environmental Council
Rainforest Trust
The Salvation Army
Verdun Adventure Bound
Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
Warrenton Baptist Church
Windmore Foundation for the Arts
 
“We’ve grown a lot in requests for volunteers this year, and we’re excited to see that different clubs and schools are signing up together to take on a project,” Ms. Lauritzen said.
 
To participate, visit www.letsvolunteer.org and register for the project you plan to help. Each participant will get a free t-shirt to thank him/her for participating.
 
Since opening in November 2016, the PATH Volunteer Center has offered its services free to area nonprofits to strengthen their community impact with the help of volunteers.  More than 1,000 volunteers and 100 area nonprofits are registered on the www.letsvolunteer.org website.
 
For more information, call Ms. Lauritzen at 540-680-4148.
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