900 Volunteers. 3,000 Volunteer Hours. 59,400 Meals.
Every year, it would seem Day of Caring couldn't possibly get bigger, and yet, it does. Friday, September 16 saw 50 more volunteers registered, 7,200 more meal servings packaged, 7 more businesses participated, and new organizations that were helped. It's estimated that volunteers put in over 3,000 hours of effort into the day, which is valued at over $67,000. The numbers speak for themselves--Day of Caring is a powerful example of the larger community coming together to make our community stronger.
Giving Expertise to the Cause
Some teams offer special expertise they can bring to an organization in need. That was certainly the case this year. The YMCA Camp Manitou welcomed C & M Homebuilders and Zielie's Tree Service teams to their location to do extensive construction work and tree trimming and removal. "The support from C&M Home Builders and Zielies Tree Service was incredible," said Brian Moore, director of the camp. "Both companies donated a significant amount of time, skill and equipment to accomplish many maintenance projects at camp. The tree work accomplished in one day would have taken us years to get through on our own."
At the Chippewa Valley Museum, the volunteer team from Chippewa Valley IT Professionals gave computer systems a full workover of software installation, software updates, virus scans and more. These services will greatly improve the museum's operational efficiency and performance, as well as make their information technologies more secure.
At Beaver Creek Reserve, a volunteer group from IDEXX Laboratories was able to secure and operate a wood splitter. Big Brothers Big Sisters had several large shrubs removed from their property with the help of a Senn Blacktop worker and Senn's heavy equipment. Xcel Energy assembled a team of almost 70 people to do extensive outdoor and indoor work at the new location of Boys and Girls Club in Eau Claire and apply their special skills and equipment to the job site.
Read Stories and See Pictures from Our 2016 Day of Caring