Unity Barn Raisers announces that its second annual Day of Service event will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 1 p.m.

Last year, Unity Barn Raisers decided to abandon its yearly golf tournament fundraiser to create an event that would not only raise much-needed funds for organizational operations but that would also do good for the local community. The Barn Raisers’ Day of Service provides an opportunity for local businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor volunteer service projects in western Waldo County.

Projects this year will include many Unity Barn Raisers’ program sites (Triplet Park, Veggies For All, Brier’s Beach, CommUnity Trails and the Unity Community Center) as well as sites at Thorn-Knox Educational Gardens, Thorndike Center and the Troy Grange.

The event has many sponsors already but more sponsorship opportunities are available. 2011 Day of Service sponsors include: Unity Foundation, Unity College, UniTel, Center Point Large Print Books, MOFGA, AAA Cellular, Half Moon Gardens, Hart to Hart Farm, Edward’s Family Shop ‘n Save, jbuilt, McCormack Building Supply, Varney Insurance Agency, The Copper Heron and Jason’s Butcher Shop.

Volunteers are also needed to make this day a success. To register to participate or to find out more about sponsorship opportunities, call Tess at 948-9005 or visit: unitybarnraisers.org.

A community pig roast (with vegetarian option available) will be held immediately following the service projects at 4:30 p.m. All volunteers will get a free pass to the meal. Meal tickets are also available for a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Unity Barn Raisers is a 16-year-old, non-profit community organization with open membership based in Unity and serving the western Waldo County area. Believing that a community working together can shape its own future, and in so doing, significantly advance the quality of life of its people, both now and for future generations to come, Unity Barn Raisers works proactively to enhance small town character and rural environment, while nurturing a thriving community-based economy.