United Way sets May 9 for Day of Caring

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 15 March 2019 at 7:33 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Tammy Yaskulski, branch manager for Five Star Bank in Medina, paints the dining hall at Christ Church in Albion during the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 11, 2014.

United Way of Orleans County has announced the 2019 Day of Caring.

The day, May 9, will connect workplace teams with community organizations, enabling them to work together and take action on a volunteer project, said United Way director Kaitlyn Delamarter.

Workplace volunteers have the chance to donate their time, skills and efforts to help a community organization and practice a wonderful team-building experience, while these organizations gain the enthusiastic help of volunteers for a special project and the opportunity to share their stories about what they do and why it’s important, Delamarter said.

Volunteer opportunities are varied and fulfilling – from helping out with a special event, painting or cleaning up from the winter, beautifying a park, planting a new garden, providing professional business services and much more.

The Day of Caring will start at 9 a.m., with projects completed no later than 3 p.m.

Beginning location will be at the 4-H Fairgrounds with a short breakfast briefing. Teams will then travel via their own transportation to designated project sites.

Once a project assigned by the local agency is completed to satisfaction, the volunteers are finished for the day, Delamarter said.

Day of Caring benefits the elderly, disabled and non-profit organizations. Projects may include sorting donated food, delivering meals to the elderly, landscaping and much more.

Volunteers are encouraged to select a team of up to eight members and choose a team leader. Volunteer forms are available on United Way’s website or contact Delamarter at Director@OrleansUnitedWay.org, or phone (585) 283-4224.

Sponsorships are also available for $300 which include a table for four at the kickoff breakfast, name or logo on Day of Caring signage, recognition at the kickoff breakfast and Day of Caring tee shirts with name or logo.

Completed volunteer forms must be returned to United Way by April 15.

Volunteer projects are needed to make the day a success, and Delamarter urges anyone who knows of any non-profit organizations or individuals who need help to contact United Way for a project description form.

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