What difference can one day make? When it is Livingston County United Way’s Day of Caring, the impact on the community is tremendous! The 16th Annual event is set for Wednesday, Aug. 16.
“Every volunteer contributes their time to improve the community, and when we combine forces for one day, the effect is beyond words,” stated event co-chairperson Piet Lindhout of Lindhout Associates Architects. “Once you participate, you just can’t stop. We have many volunteers who come back year after year because it means so much to them.”
Last year’s event brought together 1,300 volunteers to work at 125 worksites. They represented 130 local companies, plus school sports teams and organizations, scout troops, churches, nonprofits and families. The Livingston County United Way collects worksite proposals from seniors, schools, disabled residents, local nonprofits and local residents. Projects include yardwork, or minor household maintenance and sprucing up. These are projects that the residents cannot do on their own.
One homeowner shared her thanks, saying “No words can begin to express my appreciation for volunteers who came to help ‘trim up’ my yard today – what a blessing!”
Volunteers are invited to register individually or as groups. They can designate their preference for location, type of project, special skills they have, and half-day (8:30 a.m. to noon or 1-4:30 p.m.) or a full-day commitment.
Some examples of opportunities include:
· Outdoor projects such as painting, landscaping and completing simple maintenance
· Harvesting and weeding community gardens
· Interaction with seniors or people with special needs
· Indoor projects such as painting and light housekeeping
· Delivering emergency pantry packs to shut ins
· Collecting food and personal care items
· Helping with backpack distribution at LESA
Many companies, clubs and organizations participate together. Community service showcases an organization’s volunteer spirit while making a difference, improving employee morale and enthusiasm, strengthens team building, and makes individuals feel more connected to their community and coworkers.
High School teams and clubs are encouraged to join the event and could be rewarded for their community spirit through a Challenge Grant from Citizens Insurance/Hanover Foundation. Last year over 400 high school youth took part in the Challenge. Even more young people joined in service with their families or other groups.
Anyone can recommend a worksite and are encouraged to apply for a neighbor or friend who needs extra help. Local nonprofits love Day of Caring for getting special projects done. All proposed worksites are reviewed and qualified by the Livingston County United Way Day of Caring committee.
Day of Caring is Livingston County’s largest one-day community service event with big-time community impact. Worksite requests, volunteer applications and additional information are available online at www.lcdayofcaring.org.
To learn more about Livingston County United Way and how it works to elevate the quality of life for all residents, visit www.lcunitedway.org.