Starting in 2001, the Livingston County United Way’s Day of Caring has partnered volunteers from local businesses and the community with local nonprofits, schools and community organizations to complete hands-on service projects. In the early years hundreds of volunteers completed dozens of projects. Participation and work sites have grown tremendously—in 2017, volunteers covered over 1,775 shifts and 130 work sites in just one day!
Some of the projects completed in 2017 include:
- Providing home and yard maintenance at 82 individual homes, including seniors and others with health-related challenges
- Collecting over 40 cases of personal care items and two tons of food—all distributed to families in need
- Harvesting produce from community gardens for local food pantries and meal programs.
- Stuffing 1,100+ backpacks to assist children to be better prepared for school
- Spending time with area disabled individuals at a special field day filled with games, activities and entertainment
- Building 3 ramps for area residents, with 3 new companies (Armor Protective Packaging, Citizens Insurance, and Dakkota Integrated Systems) joining forces with the Brighton Rotary Raiders to make it happen
This says so much about Livingston County and its generosity to see companies giving their employees time during the workday to lend a hand. Plus, we witnessed parents and their children engaged in community service, along with high school, middle school and community teams out there cleaning up yards, holding food drives and packing backpacks. When you put the IRS value on volunteer time, the “dollar value” of Day of Caring volunteers totaled $149,970!
Day of Caring 2017 Video