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April 2013

Go Orange!

When you see orange, slow down to help save lives.

Each April, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to raise awareness about safety issues in highway work zones. Many states across the country sponsor “Go Orange” campaigns by lighting public buildings in orange and encouraging citizens to wear orange during the week of 15 April to remind drivers to slow down when they see those bright orange signs and cones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, work zone crashes resulted in 4,400 deaths and 200,000 injuries over the past five years.

Spirit of Caring Celebration

The United Way's Volunteer Reader Program helps to foster a love of reading for preschoolers throughout King County.

The United Way of King County Spirit of Caring Celebration event is held annually to recognize and thank organizations and individuals who are committed to giving back to the community. Held on 19 March at the Sheraton Seattle, the awards ceremony honored individuals selected by a special judging committee for their commitment and dedication to United Way. The event also presented workplace awards for overall campaign excellence and consistent campaign giving.

Feeding the Hungry One Can at a Time

At the close of the event, the food items used in the CANstruction displays are donated to local food banks.

Canstruction is an annual design and build competition, held in over 140 cities worldwide, in which displays are built entirely out of non-perishable food items by architectural, engineering, and construction firms. The giant art exhibits are then displayed for public viewing and judged on creativity and the quantity and quality of the food items included in the structure. After the event, the structures are dismantled, and the food items are donated to local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.