The United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring is September 23rd. From now until the end of volunteer and project registration on July 31, we will share stories from our agencies and volunteer teams illustrating the impact that the Day of Caring has on our community. With more than 2,500 volunteers enthusiastically completing 252 projects last September, there is much to celebrate. Read on to learn how volunteers make a difference.
The Salvation Army participated last year with the Day of Caring event. The United Way contacted us to see if we had a need for improving our facility. I notified our staff of this opportunity; they were thrilled to take part in this annual event. They began putting their thinking caps on and came up with many projects that would enhance our programs. After the staff gave me their list of needs. I began to coordinate the projects with the United Way.
The United Way distributed the list of requested projects from our staff; in areas such as the soup kitchen, food pantry, child care center, emergency services and thrift store to many local companies. Approximately 75 volunteers from many of the companies signed up to help in these areas requested.
The volunteers arrived enthusiastic and ready to work. They washed the children's toys, sleeping carts, took the kids from the child-care center on a field trip to a local apple orchard, organized our cabinets in the administrative offices, cleaned closets, updated our poster boards in our Transitional Housing Unit, shampooed carpets, organized our emergency shelter library, painted the walls in our entrance and hallways, built shelving in our storage room and served lunch in our soup kitchen to approximately 50 people. Our largest work site was at the two thrift stores. Our staff was very impressed and thankful for the eagerness and additional support the volunteers provided each department,
Since the event, 50% of those volunteers have returned to volunteer with The Salvation Army. It was a great opportunity for them to meet new friends and to renew friendships. We received very positive feedback from many of the volunteers who participated in this annual event.
Last, this was a great opportunity to recruit and expand our contact list of volunteers and do much needed repairs and projects our budget is often not able to accommodate.
Thank you letters were sent out to all companies who participated at this site.
The Salvation Army values our partnership and continued support with the United Way.
Posted by Guest Bloggers Dan Matthews and Mary Matthews, Salvation Army Corps Captains
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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