Augusta United Way Extends Day of Caring to Full Week
There are now even more opportunities to give back in the Shenandoah Valley. The Annual Day of Caring - a day when the community comes together to volunteer - will now be a week of caring for the United Way of Greater Augusta.
Instead of one day to volunteer, generous hearts and companies now have the entire second week of April to work on service projects.
From extreme home makeovers to building community gardens, organizers say the overwhelming interest last year prompted this decision. The idea is that groups can more actively participate now that the annual service period will be from April 6 to April 12. In the event that a person or company is busy during the traditional day of service, now they'll have more chances to make it work with their schedules.
Bigger projects - like major remodeling efforts - can also benefit from not having all the labor crammed into one day.
"We decided to use the whole week so that, for example, a company like a bank, they can't let 10 people go in one day to do a project, so this way they can send smaller teams throughout the week so more people can participate in volunteering and giving back,” said Cynthia Pritchard, CEO of the United Way of Greater Augusta.
Now is a great time to start thinking about registering to volunteer for a specific project, as slots and tasks are already beginning to fill up.