Over One Thousand Volunteers Serve Mid-South Nonprofit Organizations for United Way Days of Caring
Over the past 25 years, United Way of the Mid-South has dispatched over one thousand of volunteers annually for its Day of Caring, a day in the fall when volunteers perform service projects at local nonprofits and agencies. This year – because of the overwhelming need and demand – United Way expands from one day to Days of Caring, one full week of service projects.
“Days of Caring is our largest volunteerism impact event of the year,” said Lori Spicer Robertson, Chief, Communications and Engagement Officer at United Way of the Mid-South. “With a greater need to accelerate impact in this community and for extra hands and care, our goal is to make it easier to serve with a variety of days, times, and projects that need volunteers.”
Days of Caring kicked off with a Block Party on Mon., Sept.ock Party will have music, a BBQ food truck, Mempops and a special appearance from The Memphis Redbirds organization. The Block Party is free and open to the public and all Days of Caring volunteers.
Volunteers from local businesses and corporations such as FedEx, International Paper, First Tennessee, Belz Enterprises, Kroger, The IRS, and more are providing large volunteer teams. Team sizes vary, as does the service work each team performs. Projects range from interacting with children and adults with special needs, sorting and packaging canned goods, building and construction, and a host of other work contributing to the common good of each agency’s clients.
United Way CEO and President, Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, has only held his role for three years, but has already made remarkable change within and outside the organization including a new look and focus. A retired physician and pastor, Dr. Robinson’s title brings more than just credibility to United Way; he also brings experience helping the most vulnerable people in our communities: the impoverished.
“Days of Caring is a wonderful opportunity to join United Way as we take a tougher and more intentional focus on alleviating poverty in our communities and helping individuals and families achieve a better quality of life,” says Robinson. “We must continue to create meaningful impacts in education, financial stability and health by increasing volunteerism, allocating funding to trusted organizations with experience in poverty work and implementing our new, groundbreaking initiative, Driving The Dream.”
Driving The Dream is a system-of-care network with shared data, strategies, and resources amongst a host of organizations, agencies and services in order to “help people in poverty “drive” towards a better quality of life and self-sufficiency. The goal is for multiple organizations to help assist an individual overcome the multiple stressors and challenges that arise and keep a person in poverty. For those interested in volunteering for Days of Caring can sign up by visiting www.uwmidsouth.org/volunteer.