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Madison, WI (April 15, 2016) – United Way of Dane County is proud to join organizations in more than 100 countries to celebrate the 28th Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) this weekend. From April 15 – 17, thousands of youth in Dane County will participate in the world’s largest service event. GYSD began in Madison in 2002 with 2,000 volunteers and has grown significantly throughout the years.

“The young minds in our community have shown time and again how passionate they are to make the world a better place for all,” said Renee Moe, President and CEO of United Way of Dane County. “We are so honored to mobilize their year-round caring power into this one weekend. Thank you for inspiring so many with your incredible volunteerism and dedication!”

2016’s GYSD signature project is creating new homes for Dane County families on Madison’s north side. Volunteers will clean and paint empty apartments and get them move-in-ready for homeless families. Other volunteer projects include cleaning local parks, gardening and composting, trash pick up and sort clothing for families in need.

GYSD recognizes the positive impact that children and youth have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by Youth Service America (YSA), a leader in the international youth service movement, GYSD offers children and youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.

To participate in GYSD online, follow Live United Youth on Facebook and on Twitter: @LiveUnitedDane.

Thanks to Wisconsin State Journal for covering Global Youth Service Day.

Thanks to WISC-TV for covering Global Youth Service Day.