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Sept. 19 was the United Way Evanston Day of Caring, during which residents were encouraged to volunteer their time between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Employees at Rotary International decided to extend the Day of Caring to a week, contributing more than 200 hours of community service between Sept. 14 and 19. They volunteered at the Edible Acre in Eggleston Park, the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, Foster Reading Center, Family Focus and PEER Services.
On Saturday, the official Day of Caring, members the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse organized and volunteered for the Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Clean Up Event.
At Lighthouse Beach, Club members were joined by several members of the Rotary Club of Maywood and the Northern Illinois Rotary Alumni Association, along with Live United, United Way of Metropol-itan Chicago.
A light breakfast was provided by the Rotary Club for the 65 volunteers from ages 4 to 82 years old.
A total of 87 pounds of trash and 40 pounds of recycled products was collected along the beach and in the dunes. Volunteers also collected data about their findings, which were entered into the online system to be shared with beach authorities, educate the public and improve the quality of the Great Lakes’ beaches and coastlines.