Just got a re-cap from Neil Parekh at United Way of Snohomish County on how Everett was impacted during United Way’s Days of Caring last Friday and Saturday. Here’s what he had to report…
Almost 250 volunteers from 15 organizations helped 12 Everett-area nonprofits with a range of projects during United Way’s Days of Caring Sept. 21-22. Some of the largest groups of volunteers included 30 employees from The Boeing Company who read to kids at Horizon Elementary School and 66 employees from Intermec Technologies Corporation who split up into four teams and helped the City of Everett, Everett Parks & Recreation, Friends of the Olde Everett Train Station and Volunteers of America Western Washington’s Everett Food Bank.
Not all of the volunteer groups were large. Some were much smaller. Hascal, Sjoholm and Company, PLLC, a local tax consulting firm, provided a team of six volunteers who worked on a project at Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims.
“The volunteers from Hascal Sjoholm created a warm, inviting place for victims of crime to access our services,” said Heather Turner, outreach and volunteer coordinator for Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims. The volunteers painted the office and did some landscaping for the Everett-based nonprofit.
“We can’t thank them enough for their hard work and kind hearts,” Turner added.
Reflecting on the day, Jennifer Lundberg, a CPA with Hascal Sjoholm said, “United Way’s Days of Caring is a fun day away from the office and it allows us to help out nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to our area. As a local business, we look for opportunities to give back to the community. Days of Caring is an excellent way to give back.”
Other volunteer groups from Washington State Department of Corrections, The Everett Clinic, Fluke Corporation, The Herald, Moss Adams LLP, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 and YMCA of Snohomish County also participated in the event.
Some of the other Everett-based nonprofits that benefited from the time donated by these volunteers included Full Life Care, Cocoon House, American Red Cross Snohomish County Chapter, Imagine Children’s Museum and Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.
Organized by United Way of Snohomish County, Days of Caring (Sept. 21-22) is the largest two-day volunteer event in Snohomish County. This year, 769 volunteers in 63 teams from 43 organizations and companies participated in 36 projects throughout the county. The estimated financial impact of the almost 4,000 hours of work performed by these volunteers is over $85,000.
In other areas of the county, volunteers from AT&T and Premera Blue Cross helped organize clothing donations for Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood; volunteers from Crane Aerospace & Electronics worked on a home building project with Housing Hope in Monroe; and volunteers from US Bank prepared dorms for artists-in-residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood.
United Way’s Days of Caring was sponsored by The Boeing Company, AT&T, Union Bank, The Everett Clinic, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Jamco America, Inc., Fluke Corporation, Puget Sound Energy, Comcast and The Herald.
United Way maintains an online database of volunteer opportunities at nonprofits throughout the county. To sign up for a one-time or ongoing volunteer project, visit uwsc.org.