After a hard day’s work, the United Way’s 25th annual Day of Caring is complete.
Many businesses lended their employees for this one day, to volunteer at non-profits across Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer counties.
Like a big hug, volunteers wrapped the community in love, as a record-breaking 1,243 people fanned out to pitch in at over sixty non-profits in the Tri-State.
“We did a little leaf blowing, some weed-eating, some mowing, some window cleaning, all of it, all around,” said Berry Global’s Taylor Scherzer and Atlas Van Lines‘ Madison Farr.
“Cleaning windows, landscaping, moving cabinets, which… is kind of why I’m huffing and puffing right now,” said Young Leaders United’s Lee Riddle.
Volunteers were truly out in the community, even riding along to people’s houses to deliver meals.
While many volunteers participate every year, some locations held personal connections. Farr says she was excited to give back to a former employer.
“It was important to me because I used to work here. When I found out about United Way’s Day of Caring, I was like obviously, I’m going to go to the Boys and Girls Club.”
Vectren’s Shelley Fox volunteered in Easter Seals’ sensory garden alongside her team. She is grateful for the organization’s work.
“This is the first time I’ve been at the Easter Seals, but, my son’s 32 right now, but when he was two I brought him here.”
No matter where they pitched in, everyone left feeling happy, and well fed.
(This story was originally published on September 7, 2018)