United Way is working to play the role of “matchmaker” with its upcoming Community Care Day, pairing volunteer teams from area workplaces with group service projects.
Logan County’s signature corporate volunteer event returns for a fourth year on Friday, May 10. A total of 170 volunteers from area workplaces, churches and civic organizations are already registered with at least 100 more expected to turn out to work on pre-arranged group service projects that will make a difference in the community.
United Way is encouraging all non-profit and government entities that serve Logan County to submit project requests for a volunteer group to complete on that day. Last year, more than 250 volunteers teamed up on 35 projects throughout Logan County.
Agency leaders are encouraged to plan ahead and think big. An ideal project would take a group of five to 20 volunteers between four and six hours to complete. That’s a lot of free manpower and is an opportunity for an agency to be creative about a projects it hasn’t had time, manpower, or resources to complete on its own.
· Spring cleaning
· Indoor and outdoor painting
· Yard work / landscaping / planting
· “Handyman” and small construction projects
· “Assembly-Line” projects
· Working in community parks
· Meal packing
· Hanging posters / literature distribution
· Interactive opportunities with clients
Project Request Forms are available online at www.uwlogan.org or by calling (937) 592-2886. Agencies can submit more than one project. Requests should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure consideration, but no later than Monday April 15.
After projects are submitted and approved, volunteer groups can register online at the same site and sign up to complete the posted projects. By May 1, registered volunteer groups will be paired with the available projects, with lead volunteers put in touch with agency contacts to finalize details so everyone knows where they are going and what they will be doing in advance of Community Care Day on Friday May 10. On the morning of May 10, volunteers will gather at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport for a complimentary breakfast, receive free t-shirts to wear that day, and head out to complete their projects.
Presenting Sponsors for Community Care Day include Citizens Federal Savings & Loan and Liberty National Bank. T-Shirt Sponsors for Community Care Day include Belletech, Community Health & Wellness Partners, Logan County Electric Cooperative, St. Vincent de Paul Chapter at St. Patrick Church, Thompson Dunlap & Heydinger, and Vectren.
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Logan County. It does so by facilitating 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, please visit www.uwlogan.org or by call United Way at (937) 592-2886.
Dave Bezusko is Executive Director of United Way of Logan County.