Thousands Volunteer for Day of Caring

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - It's a Day of Caring in Western New York -- when thousands of people come together to give back to the community.

36-hundred volunteers met up at First Niagara Center early Wednesday morning, before dispersing across Erie County.

300 volunteers alone headed to Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood in the city's east side.

Tanya Staples, the Director of Community Affairs for Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood, says these types of projects are "really about stabilization of a neighborhood and organizations coming together."

Throughout the area, you could see painting and weeding.

20 volunteers alone helped fix-up the Salvation Army. Another 25 people restored a garden at Bailey Avenue and Dartmouth Avenue that had been dedicated to a three-year-old killed in a fire 15 years ago.

Volunteer Katie Mazierski says, "What this means to the little girl who died's parents and to the community -- it evens more and I want to help beautify it."

However, the biggest event by far was at Westminster Charter School. About 100 volunteers and 800 children are expected to pack onto school ground's for a day of family fun.

It includes rock climbing, rides, games and a push for education.

Children could even receive books.

Parents say this day serves two purposes.

"It helps keeps kids off the streets," says Desiree Roberts.

"Gets the kids together, gets them excited to back to school," adds Bernadette Dockery. "It lets people know that people care."