Each year, the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties partners with local nonprofit organizations to coordinate volunteer projects that will be completed on one very special ‘Day of Caring’. This year, which marked the 25th Anniversary of this event, more than 300 volunteers came together to tackle 35 unique projects throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties.
These volunteers include individual citizens, families, organizations, and corporations. Volunteers used a website, VolunteerMPC.org, to sign up for the project of their choice, allowing them to decide what aligned with their interests and abilities. Likewise, some volunteers used the website to create teams and sign-up with friends, groups, family members, and co-workers. The projects were exceptionally helpful to the nonprofit organizations involved and included everything from painting, to gardening, to stuffing envelopes, and more.
On Wednesday, May 4th volunteers started the day by meeting at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Star City for a Kick-Off Celebration. At that time they received a volunteer tee shirt, free lunch, took a group photograph, and met other volunteers. Directly following the Kick-Off Celebration, volunteers dispersed to various locations throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties to execute their projects. All projects were completed in one day.
This event, which is the area’s largest volunteer project, brought together nearly 350 individuals to create positive change. It is designed to foster service and volunteerism, and to introduce area residents to local nonprofit organizations that work each day to build a better community for all. It also allows volunteers to learn and recognize the impact the United Way has on meeting the human service needs of the community.
“The United Way not only enhances the quality of life in our community through dollars raised, but also by engaging volunteers in meaningful experiences.” says Brandi Helms, the Chief Executive Officer at the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. “Their service to local nonprofit agencies as part of our annual Day of Caring is invaluable. On this 25th anniversary, we are proud of the impact we have been able to facilitate for so many years and the work that has been accomplished at so many agencies. It all helps to build a stronger and healthier community.”
To sign up for future volunteer projects, individuals can simply visit VolunteerMPC.org or call Sarah R. Rowan Giosi at 304. 296.7525.