Nearly 300 volunteers from more than 20 local companies along with many local residents will be mobilized to tackle volunteer projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations through United Way of St. Joseph County’s Day of Caring, held on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
United Way Worldwide encourages local United Ways to organize a Day of Caring each year, which is an incredible collaboration between volunteers from corporate partners, residents, and community organizations.
United Way of St. Joseph County organizes this massive undertaking, perhaps the largest in the region, as part of its mission to connect the caring people of the community with opportunities to make a difference. Through Day of Caring both individual residents and local companies send teams of employees to volunteer on projects that the service agencies might not have the manpower or resources to afford. Tasks to be completed run the gamut from packing backpacks for United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps to painting, from feeding the hungry to gardening, and from cleaning and organizing to performing clerical tasks. Individuals will also have the opportunity to donate blood at South Bend Medical Foundation’s bloodmobile. It will be parked on N. Michigan St. between Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Colfax Ave. from 10:00am to 2:00pm. All participants will be receiving a free t-shirt.
Following the projects, which will all take place before noon, volunteers will attend a Day of Caring after party at the Jon R. Hunt Plaza, in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. There will be live music from the local band, Hey Annie, lunch provided by Family Express, and beer available for purchase from United Beverage Company. Additionally, this event has been made possible from the support of Barnes & Thornburg, Eaton Corporation, Indiana Michigan Power, Cintas, Saint Joseph Regional Medical, South Bend Medical Foundation, Mutual Bank, and AmeriCorps.
All interested persons, companies, and agencies may register by visiting uwsjc.org/dayofcaring. Deadline to register is June 16. Two and four hour shifts are available in both the morning and afternoon.
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For more, contact Emma Jordan at 574.232.8201 ext. 225.
About United Way of St. Joseph County
United Way St. Joseph County fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, help adults achieve long-term financial stability, and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. We are proud to serve the people of St. Joseph County by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community.
Source: United Way of St. Joseph County News Release