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Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch Lillian Ramsier paints her favorite book's title on a post as volunteers help create a reading garden during the United Way Day of Action on Thursday, June 18, 2015, on Douglass Street in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - United Way of the River Cities is looking for a few good men, women, and children who care about their community for its annual Day of Action June 21.

United Way's National Day of Action mobilizes thousands of volunteers around the world to come together locally on one day and address the issues that matter most to them. This year United Way of the River Cities is joining forces with Facing Hunger Foodbank to offer two different service projects.

"Hunger and food insecurity is a big challenge across the five counties we serve," said Andrea Roy, United Way of the River Cities' director of community impact. "Facing Hunger Foodbank works hard to meet that need with good, nutritious food. We're thrilled to partner with them, and we hope that our community volunteers get a glimpse not only of the amount of work there is to do, but also of the great impact they personally can have."

Volunteers are needed at Facing Hunger's Huntington warehouse to help paint the building's facade. Two shifts are available: 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 2:30 p.m. Roy said this is a family friendly project; kids of all ages are invited to decorate the loading dock doors with handprint art. Materials will be provided.

For volunteers who would like to see Facing Hunger's impact up close, extra hands are needed to register clients and distribute food at a Mobile Pantry site in West Hamlin. The Mobile Pantry program uses a refrigerated truck to provide food that pantries typically do not stock directly to clients. Goodwill of KYOWVA's newest retail store, located in Lincoln Plaza on Route 10, will host the event on its parking lot. United Way's Education initiative will be on hand with fun activities for children waiting with their families starting at 10 a.m.

Mobile Pantry registration will open at 10:30 a.m., and distribution is expected to last until noon. Volunteers may either meet at Facing Hunger's Huntington location at 8:15 a.m. or in West Hamlin at 10 a.m.

To register for a Day of Action project, visit or contact Andrea Roy at 304-523-8929, ext. 107 or


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