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 with over 1,700 volunteer shifts covered in 2015 at 115 work sites in this one-day event!
Some of the projects completed by volunteers in 2015 include:
- Providing home and yard maintenance at 66 individual homes, including seniors and others with health-related challenges
- Delivering nearly 6,000 meals to area seniors and shut-ins
- Collecting 30 cases of personal care items and 1,865 pounds food—all distributed to families in need
- Harvesting produce from community gardens for local food pantries and meal programs.
- Stuffing 1,200 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
- Assembling over 1,500 child-care conference training packets.
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 $137,500!
Pictorial Wrap Up Report pdf
Wrap-up Video 2015