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 marks the 26th year of this event, over 250 volunteers completed 45 unique projects throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties.
These volunteers include individual citizens, families, organizations, and corporations. Volunteers use a website,VolunteerMPC.org, to sign up for the project of their choice, allowing them to decide what aligns with their interests and abilities. Likewise, they can use the website to create a team and sign-up with friends, groups, family members, and co-workers. The projects are exceptionally helpful to the nonprofit organizations involved and include everything from painting, to gardening, to stuffing envelopes, and more.
On Wednesday, May 3rd starting at 11:00 a.m. volunteers met at the Monongalia County Ball Park in Granville for a Kick-Off Celebration. At that time they received a volunteer tee shirt, received 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.
This event is the area’s largest volunteer project. 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 enhances the quality of life in our community by helping those in need.” says Brandi Helms, the Chief Executive Officer at the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. “And by fostering volunteerism through opportunities like our Annual Day of Caring, so many people can make an impact in our community in just a few hours of service.”