The United Way of the Ohio Valley is kicking off its 2018-2019 campaign with a “Day of Caring” on Friday, Sept. 14. Daviess County agencies have provided wish lists for projects that could use extra helping hands to accomplish. Reading to children, clerical work, landscaping, painting, pressure washing and organizing are some of the requests that volunteers will help with on Friday.
Fred May, the 2018 Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Ohio Valley, believes service highlights the United Way mission of “Local People Helping Local People” better than anything else. Starting the annual United Way campaign with a “working day out of the office” provides employees the opportunity to experience the comradery of working with their co-workers and allows for a hands-on opportunity to experience different programs in Daviess County.
United Way Day of Caring is a one-day volunteer opportunity event that provides participants with a peek at volunteering. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations can make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a variety of projects.
There are approximately 90 volunteers from nine local companies participating in the Day of Caring: BB&T, Ky BioProcessing, Meijer, Republic Bank, U.S. Bank, Metalsa, TTMA, The Glenmore Distillery and UPS. Agencies participating include AACS Head Start, Building Stronger Families, Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club, Girl’s Inc., H. L. Neblett Center, Senior Community Center of Owensboro-Daviess County, New Beginnings, OASIS and Salvation Army.
Ryan Street with United Postal Service is the team leader for UPS’ volunteer project of painting doors for the H.L. Neblett Center.
“UPS’ yearly fundraising campaign supports United Way. Ours is just wrapping up, so this will be a good cap for our year of fundraising and a way to help our community,” Street said. “We have 10-15 volunteers going and we have bought the paint. Everyone is looking forward to it.”
The United Way of the Ohio Valley has a goal of raising over $2.1 million to assist with local needs and implement new programs to benefit the communities which it serves: Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster Counties.
The United Way currently funds more than 20 agencies and programs in Daviess County and over 60 in the other counties it serves.