United Way Day of Caring
The fourteenth annual Day of Caring in Southern Kentucky was on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. This event allowed more than 45 nonprofit projects to be completed in seven counties throughout the United Way of Southern Kentucky service area. In addition, hundreds of volunteers from dozens of companies lent a hand in this collective effort to improve the community.
Butler County's United Way Day of Caring consisted of three projects. First, Becky Hankins delivered Kindergarten Readiness Kits to local childcare facilities Little Rascals, Mrs. Lisa's, and Caterpillar Lane Childcare.
Diane Dyer set up at the Butler County Senior Center, collecting games, puzzles, books, and other items donated by the public. Butler County Clerk Sherry Johnson and PVA Suzanne Brosnan and their staff collected items throughout the week and donated items for the Senior Center.
Morgantown Bank & Trust, Kaye Romans and Melody Barks visited elders and staff at Signature Healthcare and delivered 112 roses.
The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that engages companies and individuals by providing participants with a meaningful volunteer experience. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses, and organizations are committed to offering their employees a chance to step away from their routine to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for various nonprofit projects.
In the months leading up to the Day of Caring, nonprofits submitted projects they needed help with or requests for supplies they could utilize to help others. Then teams of volunteers and individuals selected their projects on a first come, first serve basis. In accordance with United Way's Community Impact focus, all Day of Caring projects were designed to address issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.
"The tremendous volunteer effort across our area for the annual United Way Day of Caring is truly remarkable! The spirit of caring for fellow community members is always evident. However, this year it means even more, as there are still lingering ramifications from the pandemic and the December tornadoes." said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. "On behalf of the many nonprofits impacted by the generous gifts of drives, time, and energy from our volunteers today, we thank the hundreds who participated."
If you would still like to get involved, the BG Strong Building Blitz with the Bowling Green Habitat for Humanity is still ongoing. Please reach out to them if you would like to participate.
United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, nonprofit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable nonprofit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.