Youth Day of Caring

Nearly 200 high school students joined together to give back to their community on United Way’s annual Youth Day of Caring. Students from five local high schools completed a number of projects at local non-profit organizations ranging from painting, landscaping, stocking food pantry shelves, and working with younger children.

On Friday, April 28th, students from Global Learning Charter Public School, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, New Bedford High School, Trinity Day Academy and Fairhaven High School spent their day volunteering. The work done by these students is valued at over $20,000.

“This is one of my favorite events that we host. For some kids, it is their first exposure to community service. It is our hope the experience inspires them to do more year-round or even in the future” said Michelle N. Hantman, United Way’s President & CEO. “The non-profits hosting projects really look forward to our Days of Caring as well. It allows them to complete projects they don’t usually have the capacity to do.”

Agencies that took part in the Youth Day of Caring were: The Family Pantry- Damien’s Place, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Coastline Elderly Services, Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries, The Salvation Army, Sharing the Harvest – Dartmouth YMCA, West End Day Nursery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, NorthStar Learning Centers, West End Day Nursery and Our Sisters’ School.

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.