More Than 1,000 Volunteers Participate in United Way of Southern Kentucky’s 

Tenth Annual Day of Caring on July 25th

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, marked United Way of Southern Kentuckys tenth annual Day of Caring. As a result of this program, more than 1,000 volunteers representing more than 70 companies and organizations across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties joined local non-profit organizations to complete more than 70 projects!

The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a peek at volunteering. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations can make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to "step away from their desks" to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects.

Over the last few months, volunteer teams participating in the Day of Caring have selected their projects on a first come, first serve basis. Following in line with United Way’s Community Impact focus, all Day of Caring projects were designed to impact issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.

“What a tremendous outpouring of community support as more than 1,000 volunteers from across the area came together for this very special 10th annual United Way Day of Caring! We are so blessed to live in a community where year after year, day after day the true spirit of caring for fellow community members is always evident. On behalf of the many organizations, individuals, and families that were impacted by this generous outpouring of time and energy today, we thank you Southern Kentucky,” said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky.

The following projects were completed by the following volunteer groups (volunteers have committed to completing any projects that remained incomplete at the end of the Day of Caring on a different date or rescheduling in full any projects left undone as needed due to inclement weather):

Allen County: Projects completed by more than 150 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Allen County Back to School Bash:

J M Smucker Company

Allen County Schools

Brandon DeWitt – DJ

Scottsville Police Department

Scottsville Fire Department

Canteen Vending - water

Center for Courageous Kids

Cub Scouts

United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Southern States

Allen County Schools Food Services

Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Distribution Center

Sumitomo Electric Wiring – school supplies

South Central Bank - backpacks

Spine Stop

Inflatables

Haircuts

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Enrollment Event: Halton Company

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Ice Cream Social at Cal Turner Extended Care: The J.M. Smucker Company, Beech Grove Baptist Church, Harwood Strode Funeral Home, Shady Grove Baptist Church

Center for Courageous Kids Outdoor Project: The Murphy Construction Group

Allen County Schools Family Resource Center Personal Hygiene Supplies Drive: The J.M. Smucker Company

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Feeding Faith at Scottsville First Baptist Church: The J.M. Smucker Company


Barren County: Projects completed by more than 25 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Cookout: Atmos Energy

Cave City Senior Center Care Packages for Seniors: Monticello Banking Company

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Outreach: Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Barren County Schools, 

U.S. Bank


Butler County: Project completed by more than 30 volunteers:

PROJECT IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Butler County Schools Early Childhood Community Outreach: Morgantown Bank & Trust, Gasper River Association of Baptists, Butler County PVA, Butler County Schools, Morgantown Nazarene Church


Hart County: Projects completed by more than 25 volunteers:

            PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

            Dolly Parton Imagination Library Enrollment Event: Monticello Banking, Community Action, Hart County

Chamber of Commerce          

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

            Hart County Senior Center Care Packages for Seniors: Limestone Bank


Logan County: Projects completed by more than 150 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Fishing Tournament and Cookout at Logan Aluminum for clients of Lifeskills, ARC of Logan County and Russellville Active Day Center: Logan Aluminum, U.S. Bank, Auburn Banking Company

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry: Ventra Plastics

Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Outreach: Logan Memorial Hospital, Ventra Plastics


Simpson County: Projects completed by more than 35 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Simpson Boys and Girls Club Fun Day: Harman International

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Franklin Simpson Nursing and Rehabilitation Senior Residents Bingo Day: U.S. Bank, Franklin Bank & Trust, Community Action RSVP, Community Action Community Services


Warren County: Projects completed by more than 600 volunteers:

PROJECTS IMPACTING EDUCATION:

Bowling Green Independent School District Purple Pantry: SKYCTC, Atalla Plastic Surgery, Wealth South, SKY Property Management

Briarwood Elementary Supply Drive for English Learner Classrooms: Sumitomo, U.S. Bank Call Center, Village Manor/ Christian Care Communities

Cumberland Trace Elementary Playground Upkeep: Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Enrollment Event: Fruit of the Loom

Kids on the Block Landscaping, Painting, and Stuffing Goodie Bags: Holiday Inn University Plaza, Graves Gilbert Clinic

Family Enrichment Center Office Remodeling & Wee Care Playground: BGMU

The Foundry Beautification Projects: Fruit of the Loom

Historic Rail Park Cleanup & Organization: GM – Corvette Assembly Plant

Liberty Kids Reading Buddies: JPS Wealth Advisors

Little Scholars Reading Buddies: Trace Die Cast

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Sensory Trail: Warren County Public Schools, Fruit of the Loom

Rich Pond Elementary Foot Fidgets: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

Rich Pond Elementary Classroom Stage Building & Painting: LORD Corporation

Warren East High School Painting: U.S. Bank

Warren East Middle School Lighthouse Team Project: Fruit of the Loom

United Way Born Learning Trail Installation at Preston Miller Park: RETIRE UNITED, BKD LLP

PROJECTS IMPACTING INCOME:

Top Crops Rebuild Garden Planting Boxes & Stain Garden Gazebo & Arbor: Connected Nation

Top Crops Cedar Spilt Rail Fence: Atmos Energy

Top Crops Garden Maintenance & Landscaping: American Bank & Trust

United Way Thank You Notes: Several Individuals

PROJECTS IMPACTING HEALTH:

Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Bingo Night: South Central Bank, Hyatt Place, Trace Die Cast

Greenwood Nursing Center Bingo & Ice Cream Social: Fruit of the Loom

Barren River Child Advocacy Center Various Indoor/ Outdoor Tasks: ELPO

Barren River Area Safe Space Supplies Drive: Village Manor/ Christian Care Communities

Barren River Area Safe Space Glamour Shots, Playground Assembly, Craft Fair, Garden & Property Maintenance, Shelter & Economic Justice Center Painting: Fruit of the Loom Young Professionals

Hospice of Southern Kentucky Care Packages for Seniors: Trace Die Cast

Hospice of Southern Kentucky House Repairs: UAW – General Motors Corvette Assembly

Hope House Ministries Various Indoor/ Outdoor Tasks: JPS Wealth Advisors

SOKY Marketplace Cooking Class: Barren River Area Health Department

Fun with Hot Air Balloons & Science at WKU South Lawn: U.S. Bank, WKU Athletics

Warren County Parks Department Fun at the Park (Romanza Johnson Park): Christian Life Center

PROJECTS IMPACTING SAFETY NET:

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Shine On: Warren County Water District

The Salvation Army Kitchen/ Dining Room Deep Clean: Community Action of Southern Kentucky

St. Vincent DePaul Store Organization: Erie Insurance – Downs Agency, WKU Student Activities

Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Outreach: Fruit of the Loom


WBKO further solidified their partnership with United Way through continued coverage of United Way’s Community Impact focus by highlighting the Day of Caring projects impacting Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net that have been ongoing for the last ten years throughout the month of July.

As well, all Day of Caring volunteers received a FREE Day of Caring shirt to wear when volunteering thanks to a generous donation from Fruit of the Loom.



The vision:

A Day of Caring is a volunteer opportunity like no other! On July 25, 2018, volunteers from local businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to prove once again that they care about our community by reporting to work sites at local nonprofit organizations and public schools to tackle meaningful volunteer projects.

Projects/tasks include everything from painting classrooms to making sleeping mats for the homeless. It's a win-win for everyone. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the joy of doing something for others and area non-profit agencies receive invaluable volunteer assistance to complete projects that might otherwise not get done.

It’s team-building, project planning, community awareness. It's laughter and memories made at a Back to School Bash, a thousand adventures explored in a rejuvenated playground.

The impact is immediate, but the experience will last a lifetime!