TOGETHER, WE MADE #GREATTHINGSHAPPEN ON JUNE 17TH FOR UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA'S ANNUAL DAY OF ACTION!
When we all come together to give our time – friends,
neighbors, everyone in the community – we create an educated, prosperous and
safe Acadiana where all individuals and families achieve their potential.
Day of Action is just one way volunteers make #greathingshappen
Check out how we all came together and made great things
happen on June 17th.
443 volunteers from 25 volunteer teams were engaged in this
year’s Day of Action donating 1,772 hours of volunteer service valued at
15 community partners served as project sites welcoming
teams of volunteers to complete hands-on projects in support of the PACT
A $4,500.00 grant was received from Depend to implement the
Fitness Field Day and Shoebox Projects. Depend and United Way came
together to promote healthy, active and independent living throughout an
individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering.
Approximately 700 children learned money management tips,
helped sort and decorate personal hygiene kits for needy children and families
and were educated about the importance of nutrition, exercise and healthy
To date, 471 individuals will be provided personal
hygiene kits which will be distributed to nine (9) local shelters, schools and
nonprofits throughout Acadiana. They include: New Start Center,
Welcome House, Faith House, Catholic Services, St. Martin Parish School Board
Child Welfare Program, Lafayette Parish School Board Homeless Program, Acadia
Parish School Board Child Welfare Program, Vermilion Parish School Board Child
Welfare Program and Outreach Center Flashlight House.
School supply drives were launched collecting 700 school
supplies to kick-start our Stuff the Bus initiative. Stuff the Bus
will take place July 25 – 29.
Five (5) classroom makeovers were completed at Edgar Martin
Middle School, JCEP, Live Oak, Meaux Elementary and Mire Elementary valued at
Approximately 800 personal hygiene items were collected to
support the "Flood the Love” project in support of individuals and
families impacted by the floods in North Louisiana.
$800 sponsorship was received to fund the first Little Free
Library to be built in the Fall!
During Day of Action, hundreds of volunteers took part
in this year’s event. On that day, 500 students learned budgeting skills with
an interactive board game and enjoyed fun literary activities with a little
extra reading practice and a book to help decrease the #summerslide and to
build home libraries. And these two activities help set them up for success.
They’re learning at a young age the importance of budgeting and saving – skills
that can help them grow up to be financially stable adults. They’re learning
necessary literary skills that can set them up for an academically successful
school year. Those same students also created personal hygiene and emergency
kits for local shelters throughout Acadiana, so they are also learning what it
means to help others.
When the community unites to take ACTION,
#GreatThingsHappen. We create more opportunities for a better life for all.
Everyone wins when children graduate from high school on time, when families
are financially stable and when our neighbors can meet their basic needs.
That’s how we make lasting change in Acadiana.
Volunteers are an important part of that change – not just
on Day of Action. We’re helping people we might not know personally, but their
long-term success is intrinsically tied to our own.
You don’t have to wait for Day of Action to make a
difference. UWA has several volunteer opportunities so that you can take action
throughout the year. A little bit of your time can go a long way toward
creating a better Acadiana.
Day of Action projects included reading activities with
children in summer camps, teaching children about money with a Budget Buddy
game, creating personal hygiene kits, gardening, sorting food and more.