Nearly 75 volunteers came together on Friday, September 15th for United Way of Greater New Bedford’s annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring matches area volunteers with nonprofits that need assistance with various projects and provides a unique opportunity for residents to help care for their community.
Day of Caring volunteers completed projects over the course of the day including painting, building a shed, harvesting produce, raking, sweeping, working with children, and organizing donated clothing for distribution.
Many local companies encouraged their employees to take part in a project. These companies included Bank of America, BankFive, BayCoast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Meeting Street, New Bedford Housing Authority, Southcoast Health, Sylvia Group, and YMCA Southcoast.
“Volunteers brought their A-game and volunteered a combined 350 + hours in Greater New Bedford today,” said Victoria Grasela, Marketing & Community Relations Officer at United Way. “It’s incredible seeing how much they were able to accomplish together.”
The Day of Caring was generously sponsored by BayCoast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, St. Anne’s Credit Union, and Sylvia Group. Non-profits that took part in the Day of Caring were: The Family Pantry- Damien’s Place, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Sharing the Harvest – Dartmouth YMCA, West End Day Nursery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, NorthStar Learning Centers, West End Day Nursery, Immigrants’ Assistance Center, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, St. Luke’s Hospital, Meeting Street/Schwartz Center and Better Community Living.
This year’s Day of Caring also marks the launch of United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Random Acts of Caring Campaign. This campaign encourages community members to perform selfless acts to make others smile and hopefully pay it forward.
“Random Acts of Caring is something every person in our community can participate in,” commented Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO of United Way. “We hope to inspire our community to Live United on a daily basis, which will in turn bring our community closer together.”
From now until November 18th, United Way volunteers will be on the lookout for people committing random acts of caring and awarding them with certificates. Anyone caught caring by the United Way team is asked to post a photo of themselves on social media using #caughtcaring and #uwgnb with their certificate. These individuals will also be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card – drawing to be held at United Way’s Hunger Heroes event on Saturday, November 18th.
Random Acts of Caring is sponsored by BankFive and BayCoast Bank. To learn more or get more involved with United Way, visit unitedwayofgnb.org.