Vicksburg, MS- Advancing the common good one project at a time; that is what United Way of West Central Mississippi is out to do. Preparations have started to celebrate the 20th annual Day of Caring on Thursday, April 27. Over 250 people from local businesses and organizations will volunteer their time at one of the 16 project sites located at non-profits in Warren County. The day will begin with a kick-off rally at the Vicksburg Mall on Pemberton Square Avenue from 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. Immediately following, teams will work the afternoon on various projects throughout the community.
“Wow, 20 years! We’ve had businesses with us from year one and still with us on year 20. They step up to the plate year after year”, says Heidi Burrell, Director of Resource Development at United Way of West Central Mississippi. She refers to businesses such as Trustmark Bank, Ameristar Casino, Kroger, and many others lend their voice, money, and muscle each year to make sure Day of Caring is enjoyable for everyone involved. During the kick-off, businesses that have participated for the past 20 years will be recognized. As much as United Way enjoys the veterans of Day of Caring, they also love to see fresh faces roll up their sleeves and give back to the community. “It is always awesome to have a new volunteer, which turns into a new advocate for United Way. It is just a wonderful cycle of advocating and giving”, said Burrell.
It is Burrell’s hope these volunteers learn more about non-profits in our area and the services they provide. She says, “While learning more about the agencies, I hope volunteers have networking opportunities with other community supporters. Businesses are usually paired up with other businesses and form relationships that may not have ever been formed.” Volunteers will be doing projects such as landscaping, delivering meals to homebound seniors, painting, minor home repairs, making arts and crafts with elderly seniors and pressure washing buildings just to name a few. Burrell says, “My favorite part of Day of Caring is being able to see the community come together and see all the new relationships that have been formed. You do not want to miss this 20 year celebration!” United Way is still taking volunteers leading up to the event and will even take day of registrations. If you are interested in volunteering for Day of Caring, please contact Heidi Burrell at 601-636-1733 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.