577 Volunteers Turn Out For United Way’s Day Of Caring Volunteer Extravaganza
United Way’s 2nd Annual Day of Caring included 31 projects across five counties
September 16, 2014 – There were 577 local residents spread out across the region on Friday who volunteered to spend one day caring for the community at one of 31 volunteer projects happening on United Way’s 2nd Annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Nationwide. The event, which kicked off the fall fundraising campaign, began at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and rally at Cal Expo and keynote presentation by Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger. Volunteer projects began at 10 a.m. in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.
“In one day, we had nearly 600 people give 2,882 hours to our community,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This is what United Way does best – we mobilize people to join hands and meet community needs, and that’s exactly what happened.”
From building garden beds using Big Day of Giving funds to painting murals, landscaping and building park benches, 31 local nonprofits benefited from the many companies and individuals who came out to volunteer. On Sept. 19, one more project will take place, raising the total number of volunteers to 662 and total hours to 3,182. Last year, 362 volunteers completed 25 volunteer activities across five counties, giving 1,716 hours.
The event also kicked off United Way’s new five-year strategic plan designed to have local residents think of United Way as its first course of action when there is need in the community.
“We’re creating even more pathways to success for individuals and families in our region so they can achieve their potential through education, financial stability and healthy living,” Bray said. “We’re going to do this by joining and building coalitions, having donors and volunteers speak out about their work, advocating at a higher level, mobilizing volunteers and continuing to fine-tune our money management so we can do as much as possible.”
The organization is rolling out a new brand with a fire extinguisher box to show how United Way is the number one tool for meeting the community’s most urgent needs.
“We all have a natural inclination to protect, help and give to those in need,” Bray said. “If there were a fire, we would simply look for the fire extinguisher, break the glass and put out the fire. That’s what United Way is here for: putting out the biggest fires in our community right now, which include low graduation rates, low financial stability and high obesity.”
For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .