Nearly 300 community volunteers rolled up their sleeves on September 7th and 8th to participate in the annual Days of Caring volunteer opportunity at United Way of Central Missouri’s partner agencies, as well as agencies that have received United Way’s Community Support Grants.
Days of Caring is one of the area’s premier volunteer events and is highly anticipated by those who have participated in the past. “These volunteer opportunities are another way to Live United in our community,” says Theresa Verslues, Vice President of the United Way of Central Missouri. “The Days of Caring allow those in our community to see first-hand the services provided by our partner agencies.”
Volunteers assisted in many activities including landscaping, building maintenance, re-packaging food, sorting and tagging clothes, and childcare. Morning volunteers began their day at 8:30 and worked until 11:30 am, and the afternoon volunteers gave their time from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Each volunteer received a Live United Days of Caring t-shirt, courtesy of Scholastic, Inc. as a thank you from the United Way for their service and support. Agency leaders say they look forward to the event every year as it offers the opportunity to get tasks done that may not otherwise be completed. Additionally, it gives United Way partner agencies the opportunity to showcase their services and say thank you to the many people who support their agency both through volunteer efforts and financially throughout the year.