On the 2008 United Way Day of Caring, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) partnered with volunteers from State Farm Insurance and the UVA School of Architecture to help make repairs at two homes in the City of Charlottesville. The use of volunteers at AHIP jobs helps cut labor costs so that funds can be used to serve more people in the area. Employees of State Farm Insurance were able to give a home a “face lift,” with a new roof and fresh coat of paint on the exterior. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, employees of the UVA School of Architecture helped prep the interior of a home before AHIP would begin more extensive repairs at the residence. At the end of the day, not only had crucial repairs been made, but the lives of many had been touched by the spirit of service.
Posted by Guest Blogger, Jenifer Klippel, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program
From the volunteer perspective:
A colleague at the U.Va. School of Architecture suggested that for our Day of Caring Project we consider helping a beloved member of the custodial staff who had inherited a house that needed both expensive cosmetic and structural repairs to become livable. I learned that in order to create an official Day of Caring Project we would need an organization to host and sponsor our efforts. All of us were thrilled when Shaele Wood at United Way facilitated AHIP’s partnering with us for this project. Though we were only able to spend half a day volunteering at the site due to our busy academic schedules, it was a fantastic morning in so many ways. AHIP provided the materials and know-how we needed to prep and paint the master bedroom and an upstairs hall closet, and one of our team members brought a lawn mower which he used to spruce up the yard. It was an opportunity for us to know one another as community members rather than simply co-workers, and it was a rare moment when we could give back to someone who is often invisible among us in our daily work. We were all so grateful for the experience and the extra effort put forward by The United Way, AHIP, and the University of Virginia School of Architecture to make our participation possible.
Posted by Guest Blogger, Derry Voysey Wade, U.Va. School of Architecture
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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