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What does "Live United" mean to people in Park City? For volunteers at the United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, it means doing whatever you can in your own life to improve the lives of others in the community. According to Judy Sobin, regional director of the Summit County Live United campaign, whether it’s giving money, volunteering time, or speaking on behalf of those in need, Live United’s mission is to bring people together in the spirit of service. Thursday’s event marked the launch of the Summit County regional chapter of United Way, a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations that work to advance the common good.

Volunteers at People’s Health Clinic in Park City spent their lunch hour assembling 650 first aid kits that will be dispersed to uninsured families throughout Summit County by the People’s Health Clinic. The kits include supplies like antiseptic wipes, ibuprofen, Band-Aids and antibacterial ointment. Volunteers also helped put together pregnancy kits with Huggies diaper samples, baby blankets and immunization records books, as well as kids’ kits complete with toothbrushes and crayons.

The event was made possible by the donations of companies and individuals, providing everything from the medical supplies to the tasty spread laid out for lunch. An array of volunteers showed up to help, including employees from local banks, Park City School District employees, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elders and members of the general public bringing people together and manifesting the primary goal of Live United.

"Civic, business and religious groups all come together to support our local community," says David Sicotte, Chair of the Summit County Leadership Council.

Volunteers at the National Ability Center helped with landscaping the premises, and about 60 people traveled into the Uinta Mountains to cut and move firewood, clear out trees, clean up highways and install shelves in the yurt used for the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center’s youth programs.

The Summit County regional chapter is part of United Way of Salt Lake, which serves Davis, Toole, Summit and Salt Lake counties, and now has its own office at Kimball Junction. The organization helps funds 10 local programs including the People’s Health Clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Peace House and several others. The three building blocks for Live United’s platform are health, education and income key areas in which the organization strives to enhance the quality of people’s lives.

Sobin estimates that about 2,500 people across the state of Utah participated in the Day of Caring, with more than 400 in Summit County alone. For more information on Live United and to find out how to volunteer, visit http://www.uw.org.


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