Area companies participate in Day of Caring: PHOTOS
Around 1,000 employees from Lehigh Valley 45 businesses and organizations are volunteering their time at 42 nonprofits during United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's 26th annual Day of Caring today.
The annual event is organized in partnership with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, which arranges the matches between corporate volunteers and nonprofit agencies in need.
David Lewis, president of the UWGLV, said that’s an increase in volunteers over last year, and he’s happy to see the enthusiasm for the annual event growing.
“I think a lot of it is word of mouth,” he said. “There’s so much enthusiasm. Folks go back to the office and talk about it around the water cooler … and get other people interested.”
Among the volunteer projects, employees from Crayola of Forks Township will be at the Salvation Army Easton Corps stocking the food pantry, landscaping and painting.
Employees from Just Born Quality Confections of Bethlehem will be at Equi-Librium in Nazareth to construct and build fencing and runs.
Lewis noted that volunteers do everything from yard work to sprucing up, cleaning and serving food.
“A lot of them like to joke that they do things they don’t even do at their own houses,” he said. “But they love helping.”
Last year, more than 800 individuals representing more than 45 companies contributed approximately $90,000 of volunteer hours in a single day.
Many of the companies that participate in the Day of Caring pay their employees full salaries while they are volunteering as part of their contribution to the cause.
“They feel that it’s a good use of their [the employees] time and it’s a good investment,” Lewis said.
The Day of Caring marks the kick-off of United Way’s 2018 campaign, which raises money, primarily through area businesses and groups, to support organizations and projects that improve the health, education and safety of people in the Greater Lehigh Valley.