Any event that involves over 2,300 people, 65 businesses, 113 nonprofits/public schools and 234 volunteer projects take the coordination and involvement of many.
As I reflect on my second and our office’s 21st United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, I can’t help but to feel grateful. I’m grateful for all of the people, organizations and groups that came together to bring over $304,000 of volunteer hours into our community on a single day.
I want to take this time to thank you.
Thank you to the sponsorswho made the breakfast possible (State Farm), provided lunch for our staff (Raising Canes) and covered the event on the radio (WINA) and television (Charlottesville Newsplex).
Thank you to the nonprofits and schoolsthat hosted volunteers and organized meaningful projects for local businesses.
Thank you to the companiesthat allowed their employees to miss time from work to volunteer painting houses, landscaping and much more.
Thank you to the United Way staffwho spent time in the weeks leading up to the United Way Day of Caring to help print signs, bring up and sort supplies from our basement, and arrive so early in the morning to set things up.
People always thank me for the work that I do behind the scenes to plan the day, but I don’t (and can’t!) do this event alone. It’s because of the wonderful team leaders, thoughtful project coordinators and my supportive colleagues that this event is able to happen each year and make such a difference in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Without the support and teamwork of the thousands of people involved in even the smallest details of this community-wide event, the United Way Day of Caring wouldn’t have such a lasting impact on our community.
Posted by Jessica Snyder, United Way Volunteer Center Director
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