When people come together for a special day of volunteerism, helping local organizations with much needed projects and giving their time and talents to the community good, it is more than just a normal day, it is a “Day of Caring.”
“My favorite part of Day of Caring is being able to see individuals come together to work hard together and support the organizations that do so much for our community while also building new relationships through the joy of volunteering,” Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way, said. “The Day of Caring is one of the best ways we have seen to mobilize and energize people to give back to their communities while having a lot of fun doing it.”
[blockquote size=”one-half” align=”right” byline=”Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way”]The Day of Caring is one of the best ways we have seen to mobilize and energize people to give back to their communities while having a lot of fun doing it.”[/blockquote]
This year’s projects were scheduled at The Family Center of Washington County in Berlin and the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre.
I think that Ken O’Rourke of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said it best when he said “I think you got 8 hours of work done in 6 hours!”. Brooke Jenkins, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Haven, was blown away by the amount of work that our volunteers were able to do.
The attic and basement at the shelter were reclaimed from their piles of donations, and reorganized into useful spaces where staff can find items for clients, move freely, and put away new donations easily and quickly! The porch and interior hallway were painted, 3 truckloads were taken to the dump, and tons of boxes were sorted for the tag sale (and the trash/recycling!). These amazing folks even baked goodies for the upcoming Good Samaritan Bake Sale! Incredible work was done by everyone, thank you for this amazing gift to our partners at Good Samaritan!