The vision and overall message of United Way is to mobilize the caring power of communities to make long-lasting change and impact in community conditions. On September 8th, that vision came into fruition as 400+ volunteers came out to give back during our 18th annual Day of Caring. This nation-wide United Way event encourages communities to LIVE UNITED through the spirit of volunteerism. The volunteers comprised of 25 corporate businesses and various individuals. Each group of volunteers was connected with one of 20 nonprofit agencies in the valley to work on a fun and much-needed project. Some projects included a river cleanup along canoes, painting, beautification projects, a trail clean-up, making blankets for children in need - and so much more!
The day kicked off with a free pancake breakfast for all volunteers. Afterwards, volunteers headed off to their various projects to begin their day of giving back. The Clovis Lions Club once again prepared the breakfast, just as they had in years past. The giving spirit and enthusiasm was alive in the early morning air, as volunteers streamed in from all over town. Some came equipped with their own company t-shirts. Bank of America came out in full force, providing over 80 volunteers - which was the largest group of volunteers that day! We also recognized Barry Budke, who has been volunteering with Day of Caring for the past 24 years! Each volunteer that came out showed up with a positive attitude and smile on their face. Their actions truly proved that together, we can all LIVE UNITED.
Thank You to all all our volunteers and nonprofit agencies that played a part in making this event a success!! To view the full list of participants; and to view more photos, please click here