2015 Day of Caring

Day of caring a huge success for community

Our community is so very blessed to have so many giving hearts! I witnessed the most amazing day of community volunteerism for the United Way Day of Caring on June 5th. More than 270 volunteers completed 58 projects for 23 local nonprofits in Carlsbad in ONE day. That is over 1800 volunteer hours documented in planning Day of Caring and facilitating the projects.

My heart was happy to see not only adults participate in our Day of Caring, but the youth that helped makes me proud to know that we are teaching our children the importance of giving back! There were children as young as 5, including a joint team of Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts helping to beautify our parks by picking up trash. Sunset Church of Christ Youth Group had over 30 youth help paint at Boy Scouts. Families planned their day to join us and work together to help our community in a way that is to be commended.

Out of the 58 projects completed, four of them were incredibly large projects.  They included staining of Project Playground as the first stage of a large renovation plan that is forthcoming by the City of Carlsbad and a small facelift to some of the common areas of Carlsbad Recreation Center. A team installed ten benches at our elementary schools to support an anti-bullying program called "Bench Buddies." All of those projects were completed by 50 of the over 80 volunteers from the WIPP team. Lakeview Christian Home — River Bend Retirement Community was the recipient of a garden shed and fence repairs completed by team Mosaic.

We are very thankful to our financial sponsors, Nuclear Waste Partnership and Xcel Energy, who paid for the supplies for the projects, t-shirts and all other expenses associated with Day of Caring. We couldn't facilitate this program without them. Ben Jaime and Bob McQuinn, hats off to you for your commitment and support.

The team of Albertson's headed by Store Manager, Mark Ruiz, provided and served breakfast and root beer floats at our after party. Carlsbad Medical Center, led by Melissa Suggs and Kelly Duke, prepared and delivered 200 lunches to our volunteers. We could not be more thankful to both of these businesses for their support!

Thank you to Mayor Janway and Administrator Steve McCutchins for their support of the city projects that were completed and to Councilwoman Janelle Whitlock for presenting a proclamation.

A special thank you to our Day of Caring co-chair, Donavan Mager, Communications Manager at Nuclear Waste Partnership. Donavan is such a great advocate and resource for this program and for our community. Day of Caring would not be what it is without his leadership and willingness to help our community.

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in Day of Caring 2015, presented by Nuclear Waste Partnership, including our United Way Board of Directors and Staff. Together we are building a better tomorrrow.

— Linda C. Dodd Executive Director, United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy County

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