LAKE COUNTY, Ohio - Wednesday marked the 20th annual Lake County United Way Day of Caring and it was a record-setter.
Some 750 volunteers from 56 businesses and organizations volunteered on more than 90 projects across Lake County.
"There is a lot of need in the county," said Lake County United Way spokesman Nick Carrabine. "Businesses and volunteers recognize that."
Francisco Rosario, his wife, and their two sons spent their vacation helping. They washed vans, stuffed bags and took inventory at the American Red Cross in Mentor.
"To me, it's very important to help others. I enjoy it. I don't need to go to resorts. My kids are enjoying doing this for others," explained Rosario.
In Painesville Township, dozens of volunteers spruced up the Lake County Historical Society. "It makes a huge difference," said Dick Purmal with the Lake County Historical Society.
Workers at Sharp Edge Tree & Landscape donated their time to trim trees, mulch and clean up the historical society's front yard.
"It feels good to donate service," said owner Rob Kennedy.
The Day of Caring was established in 1992 to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.
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