VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will host this year’s United Way Youth Day of Caring from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
More than 200 high school students from Lake and Porter counties are expected to gather to assist in Taltree’s preservation efforts of Northwest Indiana’s native landscape.
"The United Way Youth Day of Caring is a wonderful event that provides area high school students the opportunity to begin the school year off right by giving back to the community," said Kathy Wojkovich, director of the United Way Regional Volunteer Center.
High school student clubs, athletic teams, groups of friends, and church groups are invited to participate. Each group, led by a team captain, can choose from six service projects. Projects include trail maintenance throughout the arboretum and clearing invasive plant species such as Asian Bittersweet.
“These young volunteers will make a big difference in the short time they are on site,” said Alexis Faust, president and CEO of Taltree. “We hope this Day of Caring launches them into a lifetime of community involvement, whether it is with Taltree or another community service organization.”
After two hours of service, teams will be treated to an onsite cookout provided by the Valparaiso Walmart.
Team captains can register for United Way Youth Day of Caring at nwivolunteer.org. For more information about Taltree Arboretum & Gardens and its initiatives, visit Taltree.org.