United Way Volunteers Mobilize for Local Impact

 
Our Annual Day of Action brought out 138 volunteers, who worked on 14 projects throughout the community logging over 422 hours of volunteer services. Projects varied in time, activity, and skills required, but all benefited a local nonprofit, government agency or school system. 

Philip Wenkstern, Executive Director of the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, stated, "This is a great way to showcase the caring power of the community. The United Way is a volunteer led and volunteer driven organization and having so many volunteers work on differen projects throuhout the community really helps demonstrate that mentality. Everything that the United Way accomplishes in Martinsville and Henry County is a product of the community, with your service, your contributions, and your advocacy enabling positive changes to occur."

The United Way Day of Action volunteers from Boxley Materials Company and Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge supported the Lee Ford Camp by helping clean up around the camp and use gravel to resurface and smooth out pathways. Joanie Petty, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge, commented, “We appreciated being part of the United Way Day of Action ‘Peaceful Paths Project’ at Lee Ford Camp with our shared mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential. Lee Ford Camp has provided a space for kids, adults, and teens to learn critical skills in decision making, leadership, socializing, and character development. Working together as a staff creates a sense of belonging, which is a key element to positive youth development. Volunteering with United Way’s Day of Action was our collective way of demonstrating that we will do whatever it takes to build great futures for our youth in Martinsville and Henry County.“

Additionally, volunteers from local company, Eastman Chemical, supported the Community Dream Center’s move to a larger location by helping with cleanup of both properties and moving items between sites. Another project saw volunteers from local company, Carter Bank & Trust, provide general yard work assistance for a local senior. Bassett High School Beta Club volunteers came together to complete several projects at the Spencer Penn Center including grounds keeping, building clean up, and moving donated books into the library.  The Anchor Commission received a donation of personal items for residents of their group home, young men 12-17 years of age, through a United Way Day of Action drive. These projects and more are a testament to how we all win when community comes together to Live United.

The Annual Day of Action coincided with the kick-off of United Way's Annual Fundraising Campaign. Anyone who would like more information about the United Way or how to donate to the campaign, are encouraged to visit www.unitedwayofhcm.org, or contact the United Way staff at 638-3946.

Thank you, volunteers, for making our 2019 Day of Action one of our very best!