Thousands participate in Day of Caring

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of volunteers joined with the United Way to help others Thursday as part of the 17th annual United Way Day of Caring.

More than 2,700 volunteers, representing nearly 100 local companies, participated in 122 one-day service projects for community partners that work to benefit the community's most vulnerable citizens.

Projects ranged from landscaping and painting to reading with kids and hosting a preschool party.

This year the United Way also begins the Give5 campaign--a simple way for people to donate $5.

Donors text SLGIVE to 864833 (repeat three times as needed) and reply yes when prompted. Standard messaging rates may apply. The donation then is charged to the donor's monthly cell phone bill and can be identified as a tax deductible donation. To learn more visit

United Way helps thousands of people in need each year.

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