BELLEFONTAINE – Logan County’s first Community Care Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The event is sponsored by the United Way of Logan County. Patterned after successful volunteer work days coordinated by United Ways across the country, the event will bring teams representing area workplaces, schools, churches and civic organizations together to work on meaningful group projects at social service agencies and parks. Hands-on opportunities for volunteers of all skill levels and interests are being organized in advance throughout Logan County for teams to pre-select for completion.
“We’re planning this in response to requests from business leaders who are looking for opportunities for their employees to become more engaged in the community,” United Way Executive Director Dave Bezusko. “This will give participants a taste inside the mission of these particular agencies and hopefully whet their appetite to get more involved. Volunteers will share the excitement, camaraderie, team-building and good feelings that come with working together.”
United Way is reaching out to any and all non-profit and governmental entities serving Logan County, encouraging them to submit project requests to consider for completion. Bezusko is encouraging agencies to plan ahead and think big.
“What could you do around or for your agency if you had a volunteer group of five to 20 people for four or six hours that day?” he said. “That’s a lot of free manpower.”
In neighboring communities, volunteers have built raised bed community gardens; painted; renovated old office spaces; done litter pickup; light handyman repair or installation; hung posters; prepared bulk mail; baked cookies for blood drives; and washed windows. Agencies that have project ideas can complete their Project Request Forms by mid-July, though those submitted earlier will have priority. Forms are available on United Way’s website at www.uwlogan.org or by calling (937) 592-2886.
After projects are submitted and approved, volunteer groups can register online at the same site and sign up to complete the posted projects.
“By mid-July, we’ll be able to match registered volunteer groups with the available projects,” he said. “We’ll put the agency contact in touch with a lead volunteer from the group so they can touch base in advance of Care Day and everyone can be on the same page, knowing the scope of the work they’ll be doing, where they are going, and what they may need to bring in advance.”
On the morning of Aug. 10, all volunteers will gather at St. Patrick Church in Bellefontaine for a complimentary breakfast, receive free t-shirts to wear that day, and head out to complete their projects. As a thank you, all volunteers and their family members are then invited to Hoffman Pool in Bellefontaine for a reception that includes free pool admission and fun.
“Whether you like to bake or build, plant or paint, get clean or get dirty, there will be a job for you on Community Care Day,” Bezusko said.
It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Submitted by United Way of Logan County.