Celebrate Volunteers: UW's Day of Caring

by Press Release | Apr 23, 2009
Celebrate Volunteers: UW's Day of Caring What if you woke up tomorrow and there were no volunteers? Volunteers are one of our country’s most important assets. About 60.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once a year, according to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That represents more than a quarter of the entire U.S. population.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, nearly 70 volunteers will participate in community service projects across Atlantic County as part of United Way’s 6th Annual Day of Caring on Friday, April 24, 2009. United Way's Volunteer Center of Atlantic County organized the Day of Caring event, which is sponsored by Kramer Beverage, The Richard Stockton College - Carnegie Library Center, Local 198 - Atlantic City Professional Fire Fighters, and Manhattan Bagel.

“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 how we can all live united.”

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.

The agencies or organizations that are still looking for volunteer teams include, Family Service Association, Edwin B. Forysthe Wildlife Refuge, Career Opportunity Development, Inc., Boys and Girls Club, Good Sheppard Church, Community Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Sister Jean’s Kitchen, Covenant House, Atlantic County Women’s Center, and South Main Street School. If you would like to volunteer please contact Meredith Egan at 609-404-4483 ex 19. All volunteers receive a complimentary breakfast, and tee shirt.

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 approved HandsOn Action Center. To learn more about the Volunteer Center or to volunteer, call 609-404-4483 ex. 20 or visit www.unitedwayac.org or www.volunteerway.org.

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