750 United Way of Greater Toledo volunteers hit the streets to help strengthen communities

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Volunteers with the United Way of Greater Toledo hit the streets Friday for their Days of Caring 2014.

This is the ninth year now that people in Toledo have taken the day off to help build stronger communities in Toledo neighborhoods and Friday United Way had 750 volunteers.

This year's primary project was to spruce up the Soul City Boxing Gym in central Toledo. About 30 volunteers painted the outside stairway, built benches and expanded the exterior.

Volunteer efforts like this were repeated all over central Toledo as well as a few locations in Wood and Ottawa Counties.

United Way of Greater Toledo President and CEO Karen Mathison says coming in and quickly turning around how a building looks is beneficial to both the neighborhood and residents.

"I think a couple of things happen; one is that you can immediately see the work that has happened, you can see the progress that is being made and when you see work and progress you see a greater hope and then you pick your own life up," said Mathison.

Mathison also says this year United Way of Greater Toledo has raised their yearly fundraiser goal to just over $14 million.

If you would like to lend a hand visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.

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