The 10th Annual Day of Caring connected 624 volunteers in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties with 68 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. 102.9 Big Country; 3J Electric; Bay Winds Credit Union; Bergmann Center Aktion Club; Charlevoix 5th grade classes; Circuit Controls Corporation; Consumers Energy/CMS Land; Department of Human Services; entire student body of East Jordan High School; Fifth Third Bank; First Community Bank; Gordon Food Services; Harbor Industries; Huntington Bank; Korthase Flinn Insurance; Lowes; McLaren Northern Michigan; North Central Michigan College classes with Deborah Olson-Dean; Northwestern Bank; Orion High School students with Carole Melvin; Petoskey High School students with Becky Scholl-Stauffer and Barb Kennedy; Petoskey News Review; Petoskey Sunset Rotary; St. Mary's Cement; and UPS 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 UPS, Circuit Controls Corporation, Great Lakes Energy, Phone Guide, Fox Charlevoix and Northwestern Bank.
“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 Lisa Luebke, Char-Em United Way’s Program Coordinator.
Project sites ranged from the Salvation Army to Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry and geographically from Levering 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 was extra special this year for several reasons.” continues Luebke. “It was the 10th anniversary of the event for our area. What was started in 2003by Harbor Industries in Charlevoix with 70 volunteers and 7 projects has turned into what we have today; a two county event with 600 plus volunteers working over 60 projects. And this year, for the first time, East Jordan High School was able to join us. The entire student body spent the day working at over a dozen different projects all over Charlevoix County.”
Susan George, AmeriCorps VISTA from Char-Em United Way, volunteered to go to the Petoskey Library and read to young children. “Day of Caring was truly that! There where so many great volunteers of all ages helping out our community. It was wonderful to see people caring about others, sharing their skills and serving others in our community.”
With 624 volunteers donating an average of 3 hours each, the hours provided at projects totaled 1,872. The current value of a volunteer’s time is $22.14 per hour, which calculates to $41,446 of person-value given to the community through Day of Caring on September 11. Without the participation of area agencies, schools, organizations, service clubs, businesses, and individuals Day of Caring would not be a success. Thank you to everyone that was involved this year.