JCUW 22nd Annual Day of Caring

The Jackson County United Way’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th.  Hosting the kick off at 7:30 am is Girls Inc., located at 956 N. O’Brien, Seymour.  The Day of Caring Committee, led by co-chairs Karen Brooks and Ron Duncan, have been busy with preparations for this annual event led by United Way.  
 
However more projects are needed, as we have nearly 500 volunteers to place at meaningful project sites.  “Last year volunteers did lawn clean up, painting and minor landscaping for 45 Senior citizens in our community. It was a wonderful experience for the seniors as well as for the volunteers,” states Brooks. “Our committee hopes to double the number of projects to assist our seniors this year.” Duncan also shares, “We want to share a huge thank you to our volunteers and to all of our sponsors!”
 
“Last year was the biggest Day of Caring to date” said Bonita Dobbs, Program Manager. “Our volunteer numbers continue to grow each year. We had 1,160 volunteers engaged last year and we expect over 1,200 this year.” Dobbs also stated “with that many volunteers, we need to have more projects than the 173 that were completed last year. Our biggest draw has been providing assistance to our senior population throughout Jackson County.” 
 
The Day of Caring has several projects already scheduled all over Jackson County from cleaning and painting at the SICA in Seymour to restorative work on the Medora Brick Kilns to light landscaping at the Heritage Park in Brownstown to a variety of projects at Reins to Recovery. Reins to Recovery has been on the receiving end of Day of Caring as a local   non-profit and “What a blessing it has been every year.” stated Director Calli Johnson.  When asked what the Day of Caring means to Reins to Recovery, Johnson said, “It’s neighbors helping neighbors. Day of Caring allows Reins to accomplish projects that would take us a year to complete in a matter of a day. We make new connections that offer an extension of help we may not have been aware of which leads to new friendships, community partnerships awareness, resources and opportunities.  It also brings a new sense of motivation to our barn family.”  
 
The project deadline has be extended until Friday, April 20th.  Non-Profits, Places of Worship, Government Offices, and homeowners that are senior citizens or people with disabilities can request a project be completed. 
 
For a Project Request Form or Volunteer Request Form please contact Bonita Dobbs, Program Manager at Jackson County United Way by phone: 812.522.5450 or email: bonita@jacsy.org.  Or visit: www.jacsy.org/volunteer.