Local high school students wearing neon green T-shirts will canvass the community this Wednesday as part of the annual United Way Door-to-Door Drive.
Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional 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.
Students will knock on doors seeking donations. 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.
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.
Strubberg 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.
Adult volunteers will drive the students, and will have placards posted in their front windshields designating them as drivers.
Volunteers and students will then be treated to refreshments at Rennick Riverfront Park once the canvass is finished.
The door-to-door is one of several special events planned during the annul United Way campaign which kicked off earlier this month and runs through Oct. 31.