• United Way Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Spring Day of Caring

    March 21, 2014 No comments

    United Way of Central Indiana is seeking volunteers to register for its spring annual Day of Caring, on Fri., April 11 and Sat., April 12. Registration is open to any interested individuals, families, business groups and organizations.

    Day of Caring connects people with meaningful volunteer experiences throughout Central Indiana. Volunteers work on projects that take just a few hours to complete and that address United Way’s priorities of education, income health and basic needs for various United Way agencies and programs. For more information or to choose a project, simply visit uwci.org/dayofcaring.

    Among opportunities available so far include:

    • building an outdoor classroom of benches and landscaping at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis. By encouraging students and teachers to engage in learning through exploration and discovery that outdoor settings foster, the project addresses United Way’s education priority.
    • preparing and planting a 11,250 square foot organic farm at Art Farm in Indianapolis. A successful crop of organic vegetables will benefit low-income neighbors, making it a fit with United Way’s health priority.
    • helping a family without the financial means to make essential repairs to their house and in the process, helping revitalize the neighborhood. The one-day mini home makeovers often include painting, cleaning, accessorizing and landscaping to support a family that has purchased a home through the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, making it a match for United Way’s basic needs priority.
    • painting the exterior of Little House Foundation in Danville, where 20 Hendricks County Girl Scouts of Central Indiana troops meet and headquarters of the county’s scouting program. The project will improve a neighborhood resource.

    For businesses that encourage employee volunteerism, Day of Caring offers a unique team-building experience and often opens the door for companies to form new philanthropic partnerships within the community.

    Recent studies in civic engagement  make a connection between volunteering and finding a job, developing skills, confidence and habits that are desirable qualities to employers, encouraging people to feel attached to their communities, and more.

    For those unable to participate in the spring event, other future United Way volunteer experiences are also on the calendar for June 26 and October 2-4.

    Sponsors for this year’s Day of Caring are Citizens Energy Group and Community Health Network.

     

    United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. United Way gets things done by mobilizing people and community partners in six Central Indiana counties to identify, advance and advocate the best solutions. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be part of the change. Visit uwci.org to learn more.

     

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