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Sweating the Details for the United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring.

The United Way Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring.

Or, in our office shorthand: DOC.

Our office is in “All hands on deck!” mode in preparation for our annual volunteer extravaganza next Wednesday, September 19th.

This year, we have 2,300 volunteers registered for 234 projects at 113 nonprofits and schools. There are teams from 65 local businesses and organizations, with theUniversity of VirginiaandUVa Health Systemsproviding nearly 1,000 of our volunteers. Our good neighbor,State Farm Insuranceis sending around 100 volunteers, andLexis Nexisand the CFA Instituteeach send around 70 employees to volunteer. And other local businesses send from 2 to 50 employees.

That means a whole lot of local businesses allow and encourage their employees to spend a day volunteering in our community. And we can’t forget those employees left behind to keep things running.

JessicaJessica Snyder, our Volunteer Center Director, is seeing her 9 months of preparation come to fruition and is deftly handling the thousand details that make the day run smoothly, not to mention taking the last minute changes in stride. The rest of us do what we can do help her. We haul the signs out of our basement, print new signs, arrange pick up of traffic cones, alert the media, assign our board members project sites to visit to thank the volunteers. The spread sheets detailing every one of the projects are voluminous, and the details (weights for balloons? – check) are numerous, but necessary to making such a huge undertaking seamless. It is fun, it is exhausting and somewhat overwhelming, but on that day, at the kick-off breakfast at Albemarle Square, when the State Farm Singers are lifting up their voices in joy, and the hundreds of volunteers are full of energy to make a difference in our community, it all seems worth it.

Posted by Kim Connolly

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