Charities often have a difficult time finding the manpower to get projects done. This is where the United Way Day of Caring steps in and fills the gap. United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) enjoys a close working relationship with its corporate partners and find that very often corporations are looking to get involved in a community project, but simply don’t have the time or the connections to seek out these opportunities.
UWNBC assists by coordinating the efforts and making the meaningful connections between corporates and agencies to complete some much-needed work. Without Days of Caring, many charities would be unable to complete necessary projects due to lack of capacity, resources, and funding.
“Putting together hampers at our Wish Centre is an annual event,” said Roberta Chartrand, Volunteer Coordinator, The Salvation Army. “We need volunteers to help us wrap gifts, distribute hampers and help people with selecting items for Adopt a Family. To have Days of Caring come to help us with volunteers is a thoughtful way to support the guests during the Christmas season – as well as a lot of fun for volunteers. We are so grateful for the support the UWNBC provides to the community of Prince George.”
Justin Haws, General Manager, The Canadian Brewhouse says about his team’s participation in this Days of Caring: “It is good for my staff to come out and give back to the community and get a project done. Thanks to the UWNBC for organizing this and linking us up with these types of projects. We enjoy getting out and completing these types of projects – especially around Christmas Time.”
“I love doing Days of Caring,” said Michele Brooke, Resource Development Officer, UWNBC. “It is so great to connect corporates to agencies, linking up volunteers to projects. Corporates get to experience something out of the ordinary and are so appreciative of the opportunity, hearing about the agency and their programs, often funded by UWNBC. They learn firsthand where their generous donations have been invested. It is also a great team building exercise and allows volunteers to obtain some skills they would normally not use in their everyday working environment. For the agency it is one less stressor to worry about and they know the job will get done – with love and care. It’s a win-win all the way around for everyone. This is a really great way to develop a healthy people, strong community.”
If businesses or agencies would like to request a Day of Caring – please contact:
Resource Development Officer – North Central
United Way of Northern BC, 250-561-1040, firstname.lastname@example.org