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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:00 pm

The Franklin Area United Way is still seeking adult drivers to help transport students as part of its annual door-to-door drive.

The community canvass will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Washington area.

Volunteers are needed to drive small groups of students from either Washington High School or St. Francis Borgia Regional High School to their assigned neighborhood and back to school.

Volunteers and students will then be treated to refreshments at Rennick Riverfront Park once the canvass is finished.

Adults interested in helping are asked to call the United Way office at 636-239-1018 or email nancy@franklincountyuw.org.

The community canvass is one of several special events planned during the annul United Way campaign which kicked off earlier this month and runs through Oct. 31.

During the canvass, students will knock on doors seeking donations for the United Way. Residents will receive a United Way brochure listing the 48 agencies and programs supported through the drive. A clear hanging bag with a return envelope and brochure will be left if no one is home.

The door-to-door drive will begin after school and continue into the early evening.

Washington High School students will get started at about 2:15 p.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School students will canvass from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

The students will be wearing neon green United Way T-shirts and name tags and all of the drivers will have placards posted in their front windshields designating them as drivers.

United Way Executive Director Kim Strubberg said students will canvass about 40 different territories within the city limits and several subdivisions just outside of Washington.

“This canvass helps raise much needed funds and awareness of the United Way campaign, as well as promotes volunteerism among local teens,” she said.

The door-to-door drive is a long-standing tradition of the United Way, formerly known as the United Fund and prior to that, the Community Chest. The canvass dates back to the late 1950s when the fire whistle was used to signal the start of the drive.

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