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United Way Gears up for 22nd Annual Day of Caring

 

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI (MARCH 5, 2019) – Each year, United Ways across the country participate in a nationwide day of service called Day of Caring. It's a single-day service event like no other. Day of Caring brings together teams of volunteers from local businesses to help non-profit organizations across Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, Yazoo and Claiborne County.

Kami May, director of marketing and community relations said, “It’s the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and let your actions speak louder than words. It’s the ideal way to show, by example, what it means to LIVE UNITED.”

For this year’s Day of Caring, United Way of West Central Mississippi is coordinating over 20 hands-on projects for more than 225 volunteers. Active volunteers diligently work on a variety of projects. Projects range from gardening and landscaping to painting and assembling. Volunteer teams will be matched with the project that most closely aligns with their group size, skill level and interest.  Volunteers will receive a Day of Caring t-shirt and lunch.

Michele Connelly, executive director said, “This is one of my favorite events of the year. Looking out from the stage and seeing a sea of LIVE UNITED t-shirts eagerly waiting to go forth and make a difference brings me such joy.”

United Way of West Central Mississippi partners with 19 partner agencies across five counties and one parish. This day highlights those partner agencies, but not only do those 19 partners have a project, other non-profits surrounding Vicksburg also enter projects.

Heidi Burrell, director of resource development said, “I love that this day gives our agencies and other surrounding non-profits the opportunity to share their story and thank volunteers. So very often they are busy serving clients or don’t have the man power to complete a project- Day of Caring makes things possible for non-profits.”

United Way will kick off Day of Caring April 25th with a pep rally beginning at 8:30am at the Vicksburg City Pavilion.

“We live in the most giving community. The City of Vicksburg provided the space for our kick off and our yearly sponsors like Ameristar Casino provide us with funds to keep doing days like this year after year,” said Connelly.

The crowd of volunteers will be greeted by Mayor Flaggs and have a light breakfast sponsored by Wal-Mart and beverages by Chick-fil-A.

“As of now, we have over 20 project sites and more than 225 volunteers signed up. We want to encourage any businesses or individuals to join in on the action. However, to make sure we have all of our projects appropriately staffed we ask you to sign up by Tuesday, April 23rd, said Burrell.”

Please contact the United Way office at 601-636-1733 for more information or to sign up.