United Way to host first Day of Caring

As United Way Worldwide continues its new mission to be part of the community impact movement, Sedalia-Pettis County United Way is adopting that new mission as well.

SPCUW will host its first Day of Caring on Oct. 10 as a way to help those who may need a little help at home but can’t physically or financially complete the project. The daylong event will connect local talent with local need.

“The idea is it is a day set aside for neighbors to be able to help neighbors,” said SPCUW Executive Director Staci Harrison. “Some people want to contribute but may not be able to financially, but they have gifts and talents they can share with others. It’s an opportunity if they would like to get their church group involved, circle of friends, neighbors or coworkers to work on a project they would enjoy and spend good community time together.

“On the flip side, there are people in need and sometimes it just takes a kind gesture, we talk about paying it forward, that could make an impact on their day or what they’re going through.”

Harrison said the projects could be requested by homeowners or nonprofit agencies in need of a little assistance in Pettis County. She added that SPCUW isn’t setting specific restrictions on the projects, although they need to be able to be completed in one day.

“It could be minor plumbing, minor electrical, cleaning up the yard, it’ll be in the fall so raking leaves, trimming bushes, painting a room or porch, something that will take one day to do,” she said. “We’re not putting any limitations on the projects because we know we’ll get an array of skills; if there’s a connection that can be made with a team and project, we want to help make that connection.”

SPCUW will be looking for people to fill slots in three categories: sponsors for project materials, teams to complete the projects, and project applications.

Harrison said they will be limiting their first Day of Caring to about 10 to 15 projects, but they hope to make it an annual event.

“I know we have a lot more than 15 projects in Pettis County,” she said. “If we’re able to pair people together later in the year after that day, we’ll do that, and we want to make this a tradition, so any applications we can’t get to in 2015 we’ll have for 2016.”

Harrison has been working on the Day of Caring event with SPCUW Campaign Chair Deanna Clark, and the women hope to tie it into the 2015-16 Campaign Kick-Off on Aug. 28. Harrison said she and Clark both see the event as an “opportunity to get families involved, to help youth see the value in giving back to the community.”

“Sedalia-Pettis County United Way two years ago identified that they also wanted to be part of the community impact movement United Way Worldwide has been shifting to. Part of that is providing opportunities for the community to come together and unite people with resources,” Harrison said. “United Way is here all year long, not just during campaign time to raise money. (Day of Caring is) another way to bring the community together and make an impact in someone’s life. You’re going to be seeing more of these types of activities than we have in the past.”

Project and team applications will be accepted until July 10. For more information, to request an application or to become a sponsor, contact Harrison at 660-826-2980 or [email protected]

Sedalia Democrat
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