Project Highlights – Day of Caring, 2014

heather-macdonaldby Heather MacDonald
Volunteer and Community Engagement Director

Every year on Day of Caring, I love that I have the opportunity to support an event that highlights our community’s generosity and kindness. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer on Day of Caring, here is an example of just a few great projects that happened this year.

CHG volunteers spent their morning beautifying Cottonwood High School by removing large weeds from the planters at the end zones of the football stadium and spreading bark in the planters in the student parking lot. Volunteers also sanded and painted the railings of the football stadium to help prevent rust and wear.

DSC_3985DSC_3996 At South Kearns Elementary, volunteers from DMC came out and read books with students in every class at the school. The volunteers were able to donate the books they read with the students so that every child was able to take a book home to add to their personal library.

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GE Healthcare sent hundreds of volunteers to Kearns High School where they were able to completely clean and update the community garden space, build new tables in the greenhouse, and talk to students in their classrooms about college and career opportunities that are available to them. GE volunteers even provided demonstrations of an x-ray machine and another machine that allows surgeons to see inside your sinuses while performing surgery. Kearns High Community School Director sums up the day perfectly.

“I feel that I now understand the vision and have experienced what true collective impact is.  For me personally, it was beyond amazing to see what a difference can be made when you are able to bring in the generous resources, expertise and enthusiasm of a company like GE Healthcare to a school like Kearns High.”

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Thank you to American Express, ATC, CHASE, CHG Healthcare Services, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints Foundation, KSL, GE, Hexcel Corporation, Questar, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, and Wells Fargo for sponsoring our 22nd annual Day of Caring.

It’s not too late to turn your Day of Caring into a year of service. Visit uw.org/volunteer, or dial 2-1-1, to learn about upcoming volunteer events and how you can volunteer all year long.

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