Wednesday, July 29, 2015, marked United Way of Southern Kentucky’s seventh annual Day of Caring. As a result of this program, more than 1,200 volunteers representing more than 80 companies and organizations across Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties joined local non-profit organizations to complete more than 80 projects! This total represents an increase of more than 200 volunteers and 10 more projects over the 2014 Day of Caring.
The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a peek at volunteering. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations can make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects.
Over the last few months, volunteer teams participating in the Day of Caring have selected their projects based on the information provided at www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com on a first come, first serve basis. Following in line with United Way’s new Community Impact focus, this is the first year that all Day of Caring projects impacted only issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.
“Every day, life in southern Kentucky is made a little bit better by the caring spirit of tens of thousands of volunteers who work with United Way. On July 29th, more than 1,200 of them took their caring spirit one step further and joined the United Way Day of Caring movement. They completed over 80 projects for local nonprofits throughout our communities – important projects that many of these nonprofits would probably not have completed this year because of limited budgets, staffing, or simply time. I’m incredibly humbled by the compassion of all of our volunteers, and cannot think of a better way to describe what it truly means to LIVE UNITED,” said Steve Wallace, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky.
The following projects were completed by the following volunteer groups (volunteers have committed to completing any projects that remained incomplete at the end of the Day of Caring on a different date or rescheduling in full any projects left undone as needed due to inclement weather):
Logan County: Projects completed by more than 160 volunteers:
PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:
Fishing Tournament and Cookout at Logan Aluminum for clients of Lifeskills, ARC of Logan County and Russellville Active Day Center: Volunteers assisted from Logan Aluminum, Ventra Plastics, BB&T, U.S. Bank, State Farm – Amanda Gossett, Logan Memorial Hospital, and Auburn Banking Company
Special thanks to the County Chairpersons: Dana Russell (Allen County Chair); Ervin Sorrell (Barren County Chair); Kiana Coleman (Butler County Chair); Stephanie Bratcher, Jake Schwartz, and Tamara Holland (Logan County Co-chairs); and Steve Thurmond (Simpson County Chair). Special thanks to Warren County Day of Caring Committee Members: Karen Foley (City of Bowling Green), Barry Williams (Commonwealth Broadcasting), Romanza Johnson (Community Volunteer), Melinda Logic (Greenwood High School), Jason Rose (U.S. Bank), Amy Arnett (U.S. Bank), David Hosay (WBKO), and Brigette Scott (General Motors Corvette Assembly).
WBKO further solidified their partnership with United Way through continued coverage of United Way’s new Community Impact focus by highlighting the Day of Caring projects impacting Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net throughout the month of July concluding with a live broadcast from a Day of Caring project during the evening news on the 29th.
For more information about the Day of Caring, contact United Way of Southern Kentucky at 270-843-3205 or log onto www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com .
A Day of Caring is a volunteer opportunity like no other! On July 29,2015, volunteers from local businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to prove once again that they care about our community by reporting to work sites at local nonprofit organizations and public schools to tackle meaningful volunteer projects.
Projects/tasks include everything from painting classrooms to making sleeping mats for the homeless. It’s a win-win for everyone. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the joy of doing something for others and area non-profit agencies receive invaluable volunteer assistance to complete projects that might otherwise not get done.
It’s team-building, project planning, community awareness. It’s laughter and memories made at a Back to School Bash, a thousand adventures explored in a rejuvenated playground.
The impact is immediate, but the experience will last a lifetime!
United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community.