Employees here look forward to this day every year. It’s a chance to spend time with colleagues and to give back to the community. With all this goodwill, it makes my job as the United Way Day of Caring Coordinator for U.Va. employees, easy and fun, because our volunteers really put their hearts into their projects.
Last year, I heard about a team who was assigned to a project at a school. The school was lacking in necessary supplies for the task, but the team couldn’t walk away and see the project go unfinished. The team acted swiftly and managed to get all of the supplies donated and completed the project that day.
Another volunteer worked to restore a nature trail at an elementary school, and soon after began as a “Book Buddy” at the same school. He says, “I loved establishing a relationship with a young reader and seeing them improve. It was very rewarding and fulfilling, and it was fun.”
Many volunteers say they wish they could do this more often. But while the Day of Caring is just one day, relationships grow, and the community continues to benefit all year through. The Day of Caring is an opportunity for so much more.
U.Va. Human Resources setting up for the a carnival at WorkSource Enterprises.
U.Va. Housing Division painting the exterior of The Paramount.
U.Va. Facilities Management spreading mulch at Camp Holiday Trails.
Posted by Careen Waterman, U.Va. Community Relations
With more than 3,000 volunteers expected to register this year, please consider all nonprofit agencies and schools (including child care centers) where you work, volunteer or support and encourage them to register projects. A Project Development Toolkit is available to help organizations identify needed projects, and United Way staff is eager to help, as well. Please visit our website or contact Shaele Wood for more information (434-972-1705).
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