United Way’s Day of Action Empowers Volunteers to Build Stronger Communities
More than 350 volunteers will serve others on the longest day of the year
United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will rally hundreds of volunteers throughout the community on Friday, June 21 for the 4th annual Day of Action event-sponsored by WVU Medicine Camden Clark. Day of Action is an event championed each year by Untied Way’s around the world. It mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in communities across the globe.
Volunteers of all ages came together to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities on the longest day of the year, providing the most daylight hours to serve others.
“We joined this effort back in 2016 thinking it would be great if we could engage 50+ volunteers in a single day of service throughout our community.” said Stacy DeCicco, Executive Director of United Way Alliance. “The community response was immediate to this opportunity, even in that first pilot year. People want to make a difference. They want to contribute to positive efforts in their own community. I think they responded so overwhelmingly to this event because they loved the opportunity to get plugged into a project that they might never have even been aware of” This year there will be more than 350 volunteers representing 20 different workplace sites in the MOV. They will tackle more than 20 projects ranging from landscaping, to donation sorting to painting and more. “It is simply inspiring to see so many people invested in doing good work and committed to making a difference.” DeCicco said.
One of the companies serving, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, is fielding four teams in four locations for the day of service. They were the first workplace participant to ever put forth more than one work team last year and this year will continue that effort with 40 volunteers. “One of our goals is to support to the communities we serve and working together with the United Way’s Day of Action gives our team the opportunity to give back in areas outside the hospital where we can help others and make a difference”, said Steve Altmiller president and CEO of WVU Medicine Camden Clark.
This year CCMC decided to further step up their commitment to community service becoming the official sponsor for the 2019 Day of Action. They will be hosting a kick off breakfast at 8:00 on Friday for all participants to attend before getting started with their service projects and have sponsored t-shirts for participants.
“The goal of Day of Action is really about connecting our community with ways to be engaged all year long,” said DeCicco “Our hope is that many of our volunteers will be inspired through Day of Action to reach out and volunteer on their own. We provide these opportunities to show people what living united looks like - to provide the platform for service and then encourage them to continue volunteering all throughout the year.”
To learn more about United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and how you can make a difference in the lives of others in the Mid-Ohio Valley, visit www.uwamov.com