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UW Day of Caring set for Aug. 19

This year’s Livingston County United Way’s Day of Caring is set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at locations throughout the community. The annual event, which is Livingston County’s largest one-day community service event, has grown over the last 14 years to include over 1,000 volunteers engaged in 110 projects benefiting area seniors, disabled residents and local nonprofits.

“There is such energy and heart in Livingston County to help others and be a part of something bigger than oneself,” said event chairman Piet Lindhout of Lindhout Associates Architects. “It really makes it worthwhile when you hear from those who hosted volunteers how much they appreciate it.”

Volunteers come from many local businesses, school sports teams and clubs, service organizations, as well as churches and individuals. Volunteers can designate preferences for location, type of project, special skills they have, and half-day (8:30 am-noon or 1-4:30 pm) or full-day time commitment.

Some examples of opportunities include:
•    Outdoor projects such as painting, landscaping and completing simple repairs
•    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
•    Organizing school supplies for the LESA’s backpack giveaway

Many companies, clubs and organizations participate together! Why? Community service showcases an organization’s volunteer spirit while making a difference, improves employee morale and enthusiasm with an energizing new project, strengthens team building, and makes individuals feel more connected to their community and coworkers while assisting those in need.

High school teens, teams and clubs are encouraged to join the event and could be rewarded for their community spirit through a Challenge Grant from Citizens Insurance.

Anyone can recommend a work site and are encouraged to submit a neighbor or friend who needs extra help. Nonprofits love Day of Caring for getting special jobs done. Proposed work sites will be reviewed and qualified by the Livingston County United Way Day of Caring committee.

Some of the record-breaking statistics from 2014 include:
•    Over 150 businesses and organizations participated
•    Over 500 high school youth accepted the Citizens Insurance Day of Caring Challenge – an increase of 300 students!
•    Assistance provided at 65 homes, including seniors and others with health-related challenges.
•    Over 30 area disabled individuals enjoyed a special field day
•    And much more.

Work site requests, volunteer applications and additional information are available online at lcdayofcaring.org.

To learn more about the Livingston County United Way and how it works to elevate the quality of life for all residents, visit lcunitedway.org.

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