Teen Volunteers will be fanning out across the Southcoast on Friday as the United Way of Greater New Bedford hosts its Annual Youth Day of Caring.

Victoria Grasela , the United Way's Communications and Development Associate, says the purpose of the event is to get students interested in volunteering and hope they spread the message to their peers.

"Get these kids out and understand how important volunteer work is, and also to get them to volunteer more and see how much fun volunteering can really be and how much of a difference they can make with just a few hours of volunteering," says Grasela "and then maybe they go home and tell their friends what a great time they had."

The day of caring kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with a rally on the steps of the New Bedford Public Library, then the students will head out to one of 15 non-profits they're volunteering for.

"We'll do some excitement to get them rallied for the day and send them off in style," says Grasela.

Grasela says they'll also be pretty easy to spot.

"We have some nice t-shirts for them they'll be in neon green so anyone driving by will definitely be able to spot our volunteers."

The four high schools participating are New Bedford High School, City on a Hill, Fairhaven High School, and Global Learning Charter Public School.