Over 1,200 volunteers turned out for the 18th annual Day of Caring on Aug. 7, 2019. Day of Caring is the largest one-day community service event in the entire county. In a single day, these amazing volunteers completed 105 projects, including installing new flooring, dry wall, painting, electrical work, yard clean up, deck builds, wheel chair ramps and so much more!
The owner of one of the worksites in Hartland said the day was like “winning the lottery.”
In past years, many project requests come from seniors for assistance with yard clean up and light cleaning. But this year saw a large increase in requests from seniors living in poor and sometimes dangerous conditions. Many of these projects required a lot of physical work.
“(On) the project I was on this year, the homeowner told me in order for her to get out of her house, she has to throw her walker out the door, scoot down the steps, and then pick up her walker while trying to brace herself so she can stand back up,” said Piet Lindhout, co-chairperson of this year’s Day of Caring. “I came up with a design for ‘walker steps,’ which are 33 inches long and 33 inches wide with a 5-inch rise. This new design and build gave her the ability to use her walker safely and the freedom to get in and out of her very own home.”
Local business give their employees the opportunity to volunteer for Day of Caring during normal work hours, which allows them to build relationships with their co-workers and work as a team in a way that cannot be done at the workplace or at a seminar. Team Dakkota out of Brighton contacted LCUW to ask if they could go back to complete additional work from their Day of Caring project on their own time.
“This is exactly what we want to see happen,” said Terri Hillier of the Livingston County United Way. “Our volunteers are compassionate and want to make a real impact in the community.
“Without the generosity of the volunteers, local business involvement and sponsorships, Day of Caring would not be possible! We are so grateful and proud of our community.”
To learn more and stay involved, go to www.lcunitedway.org.