The 2015 DAY OF CARING was a great success!
Char-Em United Way connected over 500 volunteers in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties to dozens of service projects with local non-profit community agencies, the elderly community, cities and counties. Held on the National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11, this Char-Em United Way event promotes community volunteerism and gives people the opportunity to give back while making a difference and working together. Day of Caring matches teams of volunteers from businesses, schools, faith communities, and community groups with non-profit organizations and seniors in need of hands-on help.
Char-Em United Way would like to thank the following teams of volunteers who helped support our recent Day of Caring. Bergmann Center Aktion Club; Circuit Controls Corporation; Department of Health and Human Services; entire student body of East Jordan High School; Petoskey News Review; and Odawa Casino Resort all allowed their staff or students to assist with projects throughout the day..
Thank you also to our business sponsors for the Day of Caring which included Circuit Controls Corporation, Great Lakes Energy, Petoskey News-Review, Odawa Casino Resort and Fletch’s of Petoskey
“We are extremely grateful for all the support from area businesses and organizations who allowed their staff to assist with projects throughout the day.” states Racheal Barkley, Char-Em United Way’s Program Director.
Project sites ranged from the Salvation Army to the Habitat ReStore and geographically from Cross Village to East Jordan. Volunteers cleaned, painted, weeded, cleared brush, conducted shoreline clean up and collected data for Adopt-a-Beach with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and much more.
Day of Caring is a great example of businesses and individuals coming together to help our communities. Without the participation of area agencies, schools, organizations, service clubs, businesses, and individuals Day of Caring would not be a success. A HUGE thank you to everyone that was involved this year.
Char-Em United Way manages Volunteer Connections, a virtual volunteer center to assist community members in finding volunteer opportunities with local non-profits in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties year round. Anyone wishing to volunteer can simply visit www.charemunitedway.org and follow the volunteer link to search for opportunities.