Calling all volunteers!
June may be the kickoff of summer and the start of vacation season, but for our staff at United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, June is a kickoff for a summer and fall of exciting events. From new events for kids to our 23rd annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, our staff members are making lists, sending emails, and coordinating with local nonprofits and businesses to promote volunteerism in our community.
On Saturday, June 21, we are holding our first United Way Family Volunteer Day and wrap up our United Way Book Drive. We encourage you to bring your family to the cafeteria of Albemarle High School on Saturday, June 21st between 10am and 2pm to work on hands-on projects for local nonprofits like designing blanket squares, making greeting cards and knitting simple hats. We’ll also be collecting new and gently used books for children 6 months to 12 years old for our book drive at the event. Come join us and our sponsors, CharlottesvilleFamily magazine and Charlottesville Newsplex for a day of family fun! There will be face-painting and the opportunity to take a photo with a cut-out of University of Virginia baseball coach Brian O'Connor, honorary chair of the local Move2Health campaign.
We’ve also just launched registration for the 23rd United Way Day of Caring on our new Volunteer Center website. All schools and nonprofits can follow these steps to get projects submitted for the Day of Caring and interested teams should
their team name, team leader’s name, team leader’s email and an estimated number of teammates. Our new Volunteer Center website will make this process will be much easier for teams and nonprofits this year.
We can't accomplish our 3 goals of School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency and Community Health without an engaged community of volunteers. It is our hope that by helping families volunteer together through our United Way Family Volunteer Day and by giving opportunities for employees of local buinesses to work as teams on local projects through our United Way Day of Caring, that more and more of you will be inspired to volunteer year round.
"There is no better exercise for your hear than reaching down and helping to lift someone up." -- Bernard Meltzer
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