Friday, May 4th marked the annual Youth Day of Caring for United Way of Greater New Bedford. Youth Day of Caring invites local high school students to make a difference through service. This year, 175 local high school students from eight schools joined together to give back to their community. They completed a number of projects at local non-profit organizations ranging from sanding, painting, landscaping, gardening, and working with younger children.
Students from Global Learning Charter Public School, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, New Bedford High School, Trinity Day Academy, Bishop Stang High School, Old Colony Regional High School, Whaling City High School, and Fairhaven High School spent their day volunteering. The work done by these students is valued at over $21,000.
“We hope that the students who volunteered during Youth Day of Caring realize how much of an impact they made in just one day,” said Victoria Grasela, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for United Way. “Many of the projects that were completed today are projects non-profits wouldn’t have had the resources to complete without the help of many hands. Hopefully, today showed these students how easy it is to make a difference in just a few hours and continue to volunteer.”
Organizations that took part in the Youth Day of Caring were: The Family Pantry- Damien’s Place, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Coastline Elderly Services, Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries, The Salvation Army, Sharing the Harvest – Dartmouth YMCA, West End Day Nursery, NorthStar Learning Centers, West End Day Nursery and Community Boating Center, and My Brother’s Keeper.
The Youth Day of Caring is generously sponsored by BankFive. Stop & Shop provided healthy snacks and drinks for the morning kickoff event. Tremblay’s Bus Company provided all of the transportation from the schools and to the sites.
To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available in the Greater New Bedford Area year-round, visit www.volunteersouthcoast.org or call United Way at 508-994-9625.
To see all photos from the day, visit https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayofgnb/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2054421784587927