Continuing its focus on developing volunteerism in the Juneau community, United Way of Southeast Alaska sponsored a Day of Caring event to kick off their annual Workplace Giving Campaign on Oct. 5. On Oct. 8, the University of Southeast Alaska continued its tradition of volunteering by involving students and staff members in additional service projects as an extension of Day of Caring.
Each year, local businesses allow their employees the opportunity to spend a workday engaged in volunteer projects at nonprofit organizations as part of Day of Caring. This year’s events matched approximately 60 volunteers from eight local businesses with 14 projects at area nonprofit organizations. Workplace team members volunteered their time and skills to complete much needed service projects including shampooing carpets, painting facilities, organizing craft supplies, constructing wheelchair accessible picnic tables, deep cleaning and sanitizing playrooms and buying, installing, and organizing shelving units.
“Juneau’s non-profit organizations are always delighted to receive volunteers to help with projects because these projects would otherwise be put on the back burner or not done at all,” said Day of Caring chair, Mary Becker.
“Day of Caring offers participants an opportunity to not only lend a hand with valuable projects at area nonprofit organizations, but also learn more about these agencies and the valuable services they provide to the Juneau community,” said Wayne Stevens, Director of United Way of Southeast Alaska. “Participants in Day of Caring who give to United Way of Southeast Alaska during their annual workplace campaign are also able to make a personal connection and see how these agencies benefit from their generous contributions.”
Participating individuals and workplaces included: Garland Walker from NOAA, Construction Machinery Industrial, Juneau Central Labor Council and Building Trades, Juneau Youth Services, SAGA, True North Federal Credit Union, United Way of Southeast Alaska, Wells Fargo, three teams from the City and Borough of Juneau, and three teams of University of Alaska Southeast students, alumni, and staff members.
United Way of Southeast Alaska gratefully acknowledges DIPAC and the Prospector Hotel for use of their facilities; Baxter, Bruce and Sullivan, Girls Scouts of Alaska, Heritage Coffee, and Subway for their donations of food to these events; and Behrends Mechanical, Construction Machinery Industrial, Garland and Ellen Walker, and Elgee, Rehfeld and Mertz for their donation of supplies and equipment for these projects.
United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community-wide issues. For 37 years, United Way of Southeast Alaska has helped nurture children and youth, care for the elderly and people with disabilities, promote wellness and self-sufficiency, and meet the basic needs of people in crisis. United Way of Southeast Alaska is a member of the United Way Worldwide system that includes nearly 1,400 community-based United Way organizations. Each organization is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.