It isn’t hard to see the passion, commitment and hard work volunteers show in Union County.
Most recently, the community’s giving spirit was visible during the annual United Way Union County Day of Caring on August 24, 2019. About 1,100 volunteers braved dark rain clouds and came together in service to help their neighbors complete projects.
Now in its 27th year, the event illustrates the power of uniting volunteers, organizations and resources to make a difference in our community. Volunteer teams from companies, schools, churches and civic groups – 117 teams in all – joined at Wingate University’s Irwin Belk Stadium for an early morning community rally and breakfast before heading to 113 projects throughout Union County.
Teams included Wingate University students and staff (335 volunteers), Atrium Health Union (130), Union Academy (97), Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Plastics Division (75), ATI Specialty Materials (73) and Union County Government (41), among others.
In addition to helping organize the event, this year United Way also had a team of volunteers lending a hand on projects. Many of the volunteer projects involved outdoor tasks and home repair for elderly neighbors who are unable to do the work themselves.
“The turnout of volunteers at the event was incredible,” said Michelle Marcano, this year’s Day of Caring committee chair. “Despite the misty and then rainy weather, it didn’t deter the giving volunteers who assisted on this day. What a great community we have, full of those who care for the disabled and elderly.”
United Way has 17 community partners in Union County focused on improving the education, health and financial stability of every person in the community.
The Day of Caring event traditionally has served as the launch for United Way’s campaign season. Over the years, the annual event has grown into a county-wide celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
In the past 12 years, more than 14,000 volunteers have given their time, talent and commitment to provide neighbors in need with a little extra help.
“Union County is blessed with an incredible spirit of giving. Even with the threat of bad weather, hundreds of volunteers joined together to serve others,” said Ivy Allen, United Way’s regional development director for Union and Anson counties. “These volunteers certainly demonstrated the impact we can make in our community when we work together toward a common goal.”
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