The United Way Colchester will be painting the town RED on June 15th for its annual Day of Caring, sponsored by the Community Credit Union! You may have seen this over the last few years and wondered what it was – let me fill you in!
The United Way is a national organization who’s mission is to improve lives and build community. With over 90 locations nation wide, our Colchester office is celebrating its 65th year! They focus on moving people out of poverty, encouraging local residents to get involved in bettering our community, and education for kids ranging from early childhood learning, to entering post secondary!
So how did this day get started? It began as a community wide event other offices of the United Way were having annually. In 2015, the Colchester office reached out to community sponsors to create what we know as ‘The Day of Caring’. As true community leaders, Community Credit Union was a natural fit. They know the importance of the nonprofit sector and are always proud to support the work being done throughout Colchester County.
“We believe the community support, as well as Community participation by our team members from the Credit Union is very important, especially in smaller communities such as ours here in Truro. We can make an impact.” says Dave Ritcey, Community Credit Union Director of Community & Business Development.
Local businesses are often looking for volunteer opportunities within the community. The United Way helps to match these business or individuals up with organizations in need of their help! Whether it be landscaping and gardening, light fix-up projects or other tasks on the agency’s wish list, there’s no job too small! Not only does this help our local organizations in need, but it also helps to show first-hand about the work these agencies do in the community.
“We begin planning in the new year,’ says Executive Director, Terry Hearn. “It takes months of receiving project applications and a call for volunteers, then matching the right volunteers to the task.”
The day currently averages about 50 volunteers. The Day of Caring used to be held on a week day but last year the event was moved to a weekend, as more families wanted to include their children in the day with them all volunteering together – true community spirit! This year, the team of volunteers are tackling 12 projects for 9 organizations, such as Maggie’s Place, the Lotus Centre, the Hospice Society, the Boys & Girls club, and the Food Bank.
If you’re not able to volunteer, you can still take part by visiting the the Centre of Caring tent at the Truro Farmers’ Market, where volunteers will be accepting donations to one of our supply drives. They’ll be collecting hats, sunscreen and sunglasses for kid’s Sun Safety Kits and women’s personal care products and clothing to be included in a Welcome Kitbag for women re-entering society after incarceration.
More more information on our local United Way or to get involved, please visit www.colchester.unitedway.ca
This blog was sponsored by the Community Credit Union