Volunteers Make Community Impact

by Press Release | Apr 27, 2008
Volunteers Make Community Impact In recognition of National Volunteer Week, nearly 70 volunteers will participate in community service projects across Atlantic County as part of United Way’s 5th Annual Day of Caring on May 2nd. United Way's Volunteer Center of Atlantic County organized the Day of Caring, which is sponsored by Trump Entertainment. Day of Caring is United Way’s annual, hands-on demonstration of Community Impact. In one-day, volunteers illustrate how United Way mobilizes the community to work together to solve problems. Day of Caring is a United Way of Atlantic County event that mobilizes businesses and corporate volunteers to provide direct assistance to local agencies. At the same time, it increases awareness of the programs funded by United Way of Atlantic County. This year will mark the 5th annual Day of Caring event! On Friday, May 2nd employees from various companies in Atlantic County will lend a helping hand to local non-profit agencies to complete long overdue projects.

“Volunteers are a critical resource for our community,” said John Emge, Executive Director of United Way of Atlantic County. “United Way is a volunteer-driven organization, but it is events like Day of Caring that truly engage the community to learn more about how United Way contribution dollars are used.”

A number of area businesses and organizations provided employees with a paid day to volunteer as a group, as well as the opportunity to give back to the community, network with colleagues in a non-office setting and practice new forms of teamwork. Before jumping to work, the volunteers will have breakfast with the agency staff to learn a bit more about the impact their work will have.

Employees from Kramer Beverage will clean a section of the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge assisted with various projects at Gilda’s Club South Jersey. Employees at Resorts Atlantic City will help out the Atlantic County Women’s Center with landscaping and painting projects. Local 54 employees will be lending a hand at Career Opportunity Development, Inc. Pinnacle will be judging an essay contest for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Members of ACCEL (Atlantic County Community Emerging Leaders) will be sprucing up the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

The ACCEL team, headed by group Chair – Jay Snowden, Senior VP - General Manager of Showboat Casino – Hotel, Atlantic City will lead the team’s effort at the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City located at the Chelsea Unit 215 Sovereign Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, beginning at 9:30 am.

United Way’s Volunteer Center of Atlantic County promotes volunteer opportunities in Atlantic County for over 100 local, not-for-profit organizations. The Volunteer Center also supports the Atlantic County Probation Department’s court-ordered community service program. United Way’s Volunteer Center of Atlantic County is an accredited member of The Points of Light Foundation Volunteer Center National Network. To learn more about the Volunteer Center or to volunteer, call 609-404-9945 or visit www.unitedwayac.org or www.volunteerway.org.

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