Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Thursday was the United Way's annual Day of Caring. In Allen County, 1,100 volunteers picked up shovels, rakes and paint brushes to help improve the area they call home.
"It's a good opportunity to give back to the community," said Jason Haner, NIPSCO Team.
75 different projects were targeted at schools, non-profit agencies and child care centers across Fort Wayne. They did everything from painting the buildings, to spreading mulch, to repainting lines in parking lots.
"We really feel it's important to be a part of our community and to give back," said Amanda Parker, Vera Bradley Team.
Some teams went above and beyond. They did more than just cleaning up they painted a mural at FWCS' Northcrest Elementary.
"Each year we've done, in an elementary school, and we've done a mural at every school and inside they're doing a mural along the wall outside their cafeteria and it's just some books and some kids and some crayons, it's just something fun and a little bit of color to add to the school," said Parker.
One of the teams, comprised of employees from NISPSCO, requested to be at Study Elementary for the Day of Caring. That's because they support this school all throughout the year.
"We've kind of taken this school under our wing, we give school supplies, we donate school supplies every year," said Haner.
This is an annual event the United Way has held for the last 20 years. These two teams along with many others in Allen County take part in it every year.
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