Volunteering for National Day of Service and Remembrance… and Beyond
September 11th is National Day of Service and Remembrance, a culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 to promote community service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and first responders.
Volunteers take an active role in most community catastrophes— ranging to natural disasters to mass shootings. Did you know that 70% of worldwide volunteer activity occurs through informal engagement between individuals– not through organizations such as United Way, which can coordinate and scale volunteer efforts? Whether the efforts are formal or informal, volunteers are the thread that bind our communities together.
Locally, we coordinate Days of Caring, a two-day volunteer-driven community service opportunity to not only bring volunteers together, but also maximize the impact of volunteerism.
Hundreds of volunteers will gather for Days of Caring on September on 20th and 21st to complete service projects for United Way partner programs. The projects vary in scope– from filling sachet bags with lavender to weatherizing organic gardens.
When volunteers gather to tackle a single project, they help organizations complete tasks that may not otherwise be feasible. Days of Caring includes additional benefits; for example, volunteers often learn about an organization’s programs/services during the project. And, volunteers see the organization’s “hub of operations” and meet staff that help fulfill the organization’s mission. When service projects take place at the nonprofit organization, we increase awareness of the organization’s mission, and more importantly, the people it serves.
Volunteering for National Day of Service and Remembrance… volunteering for Days of Caring… volunteering week in and week out with local programs that impact health, education, and financial stability across Williamson County… all volunteering helps build stronger communities and brighter futures.
Original article by Wendy Dixon-DuBois, United Way Worldwide