9.16.16 - Volunteers joined forces to provide 432 hours of service throughout Lorain County as part of United Way of Greater Lorain County’s annual Week of Caring. The event gathers community and business members for a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities and connects them to projects at community agencies in support of United Way’s collaborative work.
The Week of Caring is managed by the Lorain County Volunteer Connection, a strategic partnership between HandsOn Northeast Ohio and United Way of Greater Lorain County that offers meaningful volunteer opportunities to people and companies in Lorain County while adding additional capacity to non-profit and community organizations. This year, 151 volunteers took part in 13 projects during the seven day event.
“For companies or individuals who are looking to give back, Lorain County Volunteer Connection really makes it easy. They handle everything from logistics and materials to project opportunities. If you can make the time, they will find the need,” said Kyle Rose, who volunteered with a large group from PolyOne Corporation at Friday’s Fulton Park playground beautification in Lorain.
Started in 1993 as a single day of caring, the project expanded in 2011 to include an entire week’s worth of volunteer opportunities throughout Greater Lorain County. This year’s 13 projects included park cleanups, painting, gardening, delivering meals, building pergolas and more.
The Week of Caring is designed to engage individuals with meaningful projects while bringing awareness to the need in the community and the opportunities that are available to help. The Lorain County Volunteer Connection offers ongoing projects throughout the year to capitalize on the momentum created each fall during the Week of Caring.
“We pride ourselves in offering an easy and flexible way for individuals and families to give back,” said Lorain County Volunteer Connection director of programs Alyssa Thompson. “We target projects on evenings and weekends, there’s no long-term commitment, we offer a variety of issue areas and it’s easy to sign up. Most importantly, the projects really make a difference and help our partners advance the great work they’re doing in our community.”
For more information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit uwloraincounty.org/volunteer or call Thompson at 440-277-6530.