September 20, 2013 – Despite the rain, 175 United Way volunteers came together on Friday, September 20 for United Way of Williamson County’s annual Day of Caring. The volunteers, made up of individuals, families and groups from many local employers, came together to tackle 19 different projects across Williamson County.
United Way of Williamson County’s Day of Caring has traditionally been a time for local employers to provide an opportunity for their employees to volunteer as a team to help in the community. Groups from TDIndustries, Atmos Energy, Dell, Inc., ERCOT, Target and HIREDTexas, as well as employee groups from the City of Hutto and Commissioner Cynthia Long’s office provided volunteers.
Volunteer projects located in Cedar Park, Hutto, Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor included sorting and organizing donations for local charity garage sales, thrift stores and clothing drives, landscaping and garden clean up, as well as light construction work and painting.
Day of Caring event sponsors included 3M, United Heritage Bank, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, TD Industries and HIREDTexas. Volunteers at the Dell Diamond were treated to breakfast tacos from H-E-B and Starbucks coffee.
Russell Bridges, Government and Community Affairs Manager at 3M, and an event sponsor, addressed and thanked the volunteers at the kick-off by saying, “About half of our employees live in Williamson County and 3M is honored to be able to support United Way of Williamson County’s Day of Caring today. He went on to say, “I applaud your willingness to get out in this rain, as welcome as it is, and make a difference for so many great organizations in the community. We are honored to support your efforts today and appreciate your willingness to give of your time.”
Forced to cancel because of the rain, Berry Springs Park in Georgetown kept the Day of Caring spirit alive on Tuesday, September 24. The Williamson County Master Gardeners and Good Water Master Naturalists provided support for the trail development project in the park.
The Day of Caring is an annual event that coincides with the start of the annual United Way of Williamson County campaign and focuses on helping local nonprofit agencies, schools and communities complete projects that will benefit residents across Williamson County.
United Way of Williamson County will sponsor the MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2014.