About 5,000 volunteers participate in 350 projects during Tulsa United Way's annual Day of Caring

TULSA -- Thousands of people all over Tulsa are taking the day to volunteer, lending a hand at everything from manual labor to housekeeping projects at non-profits all over the city.

It is part of the Tulsa United Way's annual Day of Caring.

This year's Day of Caring got about 5,000 volunteers out of their office jobs and into the community.

At Total Source Hearing-loss and Access, a non-profit resource center for people with hearing loss in the community, people from Tulsa companies working on about eight different projects gathered Friday morning.

They are landscaping or just adding a fresh coat of paint.

It may not seem like a big deal, but for these non-profits, it helps them get through the year and tackle projects they may not be able to spend the money on otherwise.

At TSHA, Day of Caring volunteers have helped every year since the annual event began.

The employees here say the assistance is invaluable because it is work the seven full-time TSHA staff members could not take on alone.

"We're sewing stockings for our deaf children's holiday party; we're updating resources lists; we're tidying up our whole facility to look beautiful just in time for deaf awareness week, which is at the end of the month," said Diana Higgins, TSHA interpreter.

There are 350 Day of Caring projects happening now in Tulsa and around Green Country.

These volunteers will dedicate their entire day to get work like this complete.

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