United Way of Lake County is in the process of organizing our 2011 Day of Caring which will take place on June 22.
For those who don’t know, Day of Caring is in its 19th year and is a day that volunteers from all over the business community complete meaningful projects for people in need.
Various agencies, nonprofit organizations, churches, municipalities, etc., submit projects consisting of yard work, gardening, mulching, painting and other types of home or building maintenance for those who may not have the means or health to do it themselves. Other projects include social activities, picnics or ice cream socials at senior citizen centers or assisted living homes.
Although Day of Caring is only one day, the preparation for the event starts months in advance. We sent out project request form applications in April and then volunteer forms to businesses the first week of May. More than 80 projects were submitted and about 650 people from the business community and various organizations have stepped up to volunteer.
Day of Caring benefits the people in need who are receiving assistance, plus it’s also a great way for businesses to give back to the community, provide corporate team-building opportunities and develop group work skills and camaraderie.