Every year, the United Way of Central and South Okanagan Similkameen brings together multiple volunteer groups to tackle projects at local non-profit agencies.
Typical projects including spring yard clean up, painting and other labour intensive projects that non-profits do not have the time or resources to complete on their own. For the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring, businesses donate teams of employees to get those jobs done for the non-profits.
BMO employees taking part in the United Way’s Day of Caring by doing clean up work for the South Okanagan Women in Needs Society on April 7.
“I can’t express the gratitude. They get the stuff done we don’t have the time for. As a non-profit we don’t always have the means to get this done,” said Irene Jabbusch of SOWINS.
The United Way said it is not just about building a fence or doing odd jobs, it’s about a sense of caring through volunteerism and connecting people in the community with different skills, different knowledge and different backgrounds. It is also about team-building for those employees, who have the chance to learn about the programs and services that the organization offers.
One of the reasons that the United Way impacts so many lives is the large amount of community members who donate their time.