The United Way held its third consecutive Day of Caring yesterday. Executive Director Ann Tucker says roughly 75 volunteers fanned out among several locations around the area to provide things like clean-up and maintenance of their sites. At the Gordon Behrents Senior Center, for example, volunteers did some landscaping and outdoor painting work, among other items.
Tucker tells WGIL the day proves the United Way isn’t just looking for money.
“[During] our annual campaign every year, we ask for monetary gifts, and not everybody is able to do that,” Tucker said. “So, this is a way to also give back, and be involved with United Way, and be involved with our partner agencies, with your gift of time and volunteerism.”
The organizations chosen yesterday all applied to be a part of the Day of Caring — something started last year. Tucker says some volunteers even hit several of the Day of Caring locations to provide even more help.
In addition to Gordon Behrents, Lake Storey, the VNA in Galesburg, and Camp Big Sky in Canton all were chosen for help this year.