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Days of Caring volunteers help out at local projects


Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Volunteers Jamie Contreras, left, and Thomas Contreras help clean up a pasture at the Marysville horse rescue All Breed Equine Rez-Q on Sept. 24 as part of the United Way of Snohomish County's Days of Caring.

The United Way of Snohomish County helped lead volunteer projects across the county beginning on Sept. 23 during their annual Days of Caring.

Volunteers helped clean up parks, deep cleaned retirement facilities, worked at local shelters like those from Cocoon House, and performed city beautification projects in Arlington on Sept. 27, as well as helping local horse rescue All Breed Equine Rez-Q.

"This shows support for our community and allows people to be involved and that's one of the things United Way is all about," said Diane McLeod, administrative coordinator at the United Way of Snohomish County.

McLeod said the annual event helps show the organization's support of the community, and helps get people involved in a more hands-on way.

"I am really excited about getting out there and actually have volunteers out doing the work. I think it's gratifying to not just to give money, but actually be involved in the work," she said.

Volunteers help local organizations in a variety of ways.

At the Marysville horse rescue All Breed Equine Rez-Q volunteers help with projects that would normally be too much work for the volunteer staff that run the rescue.

"They come out and they paint, they dig ditches, put up fencing, cut down brush and weeds, mow the lawns and clean out the ditches," said Dale Squeglia, president of the horse rescue.

"Most of that stuff we can't do ourselves because we're too old or too young," she said.

Volunteers came out to help the community.

"My son and I just wanted to volunteer," said Jamie Contreras, who came with a friend to help out at the Marysville horse rescue, but had never been out to one of the Days of Caring before.

"I think it's great. I want to do it every year," she said.

Katie Hass has volunteered at Days of Caring twice before and said she likes to help out the community.

"At work, we work in customer service [at Snohomish PUD] and we talk to people who are struggling financially, so it's nice to feel like you're helping people who aren't so financially well off, or horses in this case that aren't so financially well off," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Volunteer Katie Hass moves a wheelbarrow around a horse pasture at the Marysville horse rescue All Breed Equine Rez-Q on Sept. 24 as part of the United Way of Snohomish County's Days of Caring.

McLeod wanted to thank all the volunteers who come out to support the event.

"Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who chooses to be a part of this, and all the companies who gather employee teams," she said.

"United Way is lucky to be a part of a community where people are so involved," she said.

Squeglia also wanted to thank the United Way and the volunteers who come out every year to help her horse rescue.

"I'm very grateful and thankful they come here every year," she said.

More information about the All Breed Equine Rez-Q is available at

More information about the United Way of Snohomish County's events is available at


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