More than 1,000 participate in Day of Caring


Wednesday, July 26, 2017, marks United Way of Southern Kentucky’s ninth annual Day of Caring. As a result of this year’s Day of Caring, more than 1,000 volunteers representing more than 70 companies and organizations across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties joined local non-profit organizations to complete more than 70 projects!

The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a peek at volunteering. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations can make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects.

Over the last few months, volunteer teams participating in the Day of Caring have selected their projects based on the information provided at www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com on a first come, first serve basis. Following in line with United Way’s Community Impact focus, all Day of Caring projects were designed to impact issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.

“This year’s Day of Caring proved yet again the incredible spirit that exists in Southern Kentucky. More than 1,000 volunteers on a hot day in July speaks to the magnitude of compassion that blesses our area. More than 70 projects were completed for local nonprofits – important projects that in many cases would not have completed without the outpouring of support for Day of Caring. Our thanks to everyone who participated…you finished the day better than you found it,” said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky.

The following projects were completed by the following volunteer groups (volunteers have committed to completing any projects that remained incomplete at the end of the Day of Caring on a different date or rescheduling in full any projects left undone as needed due to inclement weather):

Allen County: Projects completed by more than 180 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Allen County Back to School Bash:

J. M. Smucker Company

Dollar General Distribution Center

Allen County Schools

Spine Stop

The Core

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky

Scottsville Police Department

U.S. Bank

DJ Brandon Dewitt

Hope Adams-Art Teacher

Hood and Company-Chelsea Stovall and Courtney Kendall

Southern States-Ron Cook

Allen County cont.

Spacewalk Glasgow-Chris Thomason

Little League Cheerleaders

United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Southern Kentucky 2-1-1

South Central Bank – Scottsville

Allen County Sheriff Department

Allen County Volunteer Fire Department

Car Seat Safety Matters, Inc.

Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange

The Kidz Club

Community Action of Southern Kentucky

PROJECTS IMPACTING INCOME:

Hope Center for Women Career Preparation Class: J.M. Smucker Company

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Community Action of Scottsville & Allen County Ice Cream Social at Cal Turner Extended Care: J.M. Smucker Company, Staybridge Suites

Center for Courageous Kids Outdoor Project: J.M. Smucker Company

Center for Courageous Kids Indoor Project: Glasgow First United Methodist Church

Barren County: Projects completed by more than 10 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Outreach: U.S. Bank, Community Action of Southern Kentucky

Butler County: Project completed by more than 55 volunteers:

PROJECT IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Butler County Schools/ Butler County Public Library Bookworm Bash: PBI Bank, Butler County Public Library, Boys & Girls Club of Butler County

PROJECT IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Feeding America/ Morgantown Mission Mobile Food Pantry

Logan County: Projects completed by more than 150 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Logan County Head Start Painting: Carr, Riggs & Ingram

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Fishing Tournament and Cookout at Logan Aluminum for clients of Lifeskills, ARC of Logan County and Russellville Active Day Center: Volunteers assisted from Logan Aluminum, Ventra Plastics, Taher, U.S. Bank, Quickfit Russellville, Logan Memorial Hospital, and Auburn Banking Company

Hart County: Projects completed by more than 15 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Hart County Senior Center Garden for Seniors: Munfordville Lions Club

Hart County Senior Center Care Packages for Seniors: Kentucky Chrome Works

Simpson County: Projects completed by more than 20 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Simpson Boys and Girls Club Fun Day: Harman International

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Franklin Simpson Nursing and Rehabilitation Senior Residents Visiting Day: U.S. Bank

Warren County: Projects completed by more than 570 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green Beautification Projects: Bowling Green Fire Department

Briarwood Elementary Beautification Projects: Fruit of the Loom

Natcher Elementary Gaga Pit: Fruit of the Loom

Cumberland Trace Elementary Playground Upkeep: Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital

Family Enrichment Center Child Care Room: Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Kids on the Block Landscaping and Deck Painting: BGMU

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Sensory Trail: KOBE Aluminum

Richpond Elementary Painting: South Central Bank

Warren East High School Painting: Warren County Public Schools, LORD, Holiday Inn University Plaza

Warren East Middle School Lighthouse Team Project: Carr, Riggs & Ingram

United Way of Southern Kentucky Building Mini Book Swap Stops: LORD, Retire United

Kids Fun Day: U.S. Bank, WKU Athletics, WKU Parking & Transportation, WKU Campus & Community Events, Christian Family Radio, WGGC, WBKO, Atmos Energy

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Hospice of Southern Kentucky Patient Home Updates: UAW – General Motors

Houchens Center Polishing Up: BKD LLP

PROJECTS IMPACTING INCOME:

Top Crops Irrigation System Project: Warren County Water District

Top Crops Build Arbor: Connected Nation

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Barren River Area Safe Space Paper Products Drive: Trace Die Cast, American Bank & Trust

Barren River Area Safe Space Garden & Property Maintenance: Junior Achievement, ELPO

Barren River Area Safe Space Shelter Painting: LORD

Barren River Area Safe Space Barn Organization: UAW – General Motors

Barren River Area Safe Space Outreach Office Demolition: American Bank & Trust

Warren County cont.

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Shine On: Fruit of the Loom

International Center World Refugee Day: Trace Die Cast

International Center Donation Organization: Trace Die Cast

The Salvation Army Warehouse Organization: WKU Student Activities

The newly formed Retire United group officially launched with their first volunteer project as part of this year’s Day of Caring – building Book Swap Boxes for the exchange of free books amongst community members and their children to encourage the joy of reading. The Retire United group was formed as a new approach to long-term retiree engagement and involvement with United Way of Southern Kentucky.

WBKO further solidified their partnership with United Way through continued coverage of United Way’s new Community Impact focus by highlighting the Day of Caring projects impacting Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net throughout the month of July concluding with a live broadcast from a Day of Caring project during the evening news on the 26th.

As well, all Day of Caring volunteers received a FREE Day of Caring shirt to wear when volunteering thanks to a generous donation from Fruit of the Loom and Logan Aluminum.

For more information about the Day of Caring, contact United Way of Southern Kentucky at 270-843-3205 or log onto www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com .

The vision:

A Day of Caring is a volunteer opportunity like no other! On July 26, 2017, volunteers from local businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to prove once again that they care about our community by reporting to work sites at local nonprofit organizations and public schools to tackle meaningful volunteer projects.

Projects/tasks include everything from painting classrooms to fishing tournaments to a Back to School Bash. It’s a win-win for everyone. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the joy of doing something for others and area non-profit agencies receive invaluable volunteer assistance to complete projects that might otherwise not get done.

It’s team-building, project planning, and community awareness. It’s laughter and memories made at a Back to School Bash, a thousand adventures explored in a rejuvenated playground.

The impact is immediate, but the experience will last a lifetime!

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.

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