United Way to sponsor annual Day of Caring

Posted: Friday, October 03, 2008

JUNEAU - Continuing its focus on developing volunteerism in the community, United Way of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring its second Day of Caring on Saturday.

This event will match approximately 84 volunteers from 11 local businesses with projects at 13 area nonprofit organizations. Each team will volunteer its time and skills to complete much needed service projects for the nonprofits, including painting dormitories, building an accessibility ramp, shampooing carpets, holding a food drive at local grocery stores and repainting the Mendenhall Valley skate park.

As tradition, University of Alaska Southeast students and staff will volunteer, by deep cleaning Puddle Jumpers Day Care and the Juneau Family Birth Center. By volunteering their Saturday, they are able to accommodate agencies whose work required the space to not be in use, as well as allowing more students to participate without missing class time.

The Alaskan Brewing Co. also will participate in a food drive at Wal-Mart to benefit the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, and an additional food drive will be held at Super Bear, manned by Bartlett Regional Hospital staff to benefit Helping Hands.

As a tangible sign of support from the business community, employers have agreed to donate employees for a five- to six-hour day. This year's campaign chairman Lawrence Lee Oldaker sees the importance of allowing people the opportunity to see our local nonprofits in action and witness firsthand how their contribution can make a difference.

"The Day of Caring is an important component of community and social service because, unlike just writing a check, it is so much more personal," Oldaker said. "And, the volunteers have the opportunity to see and understand the value and impact of their "gift" of time and knowledge. That is powerful."

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