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Brooke Walker ReportingThousands of volunteers gathered this morning for the 15th annual United Way Day of Caring.
More than 2,800 volunteers from 97 local organizations worked on 113 service projects throughout the state.
Volunteers met at the Gateway this morning for a kick-off breakfast. After that, the they scattered throughout the state to work on projects that included everything from landscaping to painting, even hosting a preschool party.
These volunteers got their employer's approval to leave the office today, in order to participate. The companies provide materials for the service projects, as well.
Deborah Bayle, president of United Way Salt Lake, said, "The one goal is to provide service to our community, for volunteers to really get out and see what the needs are, firsthand, and really accomplish a lot."
New this year is a community service project. Volunteers for that put together oral hygiene kits in support of a program called Sealants for Smiles. The kits contain toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss.