2011-04-08 / News

National Volunteer Week provides opportunities

Anita Baker

United Way of the Midlands, its corporate partners and other community leaders will be celebrating National Volunteer Week April 11, 2011 to April 14, 2011 by participating in several volunteer opportunities throughout the week. United Way of the Midlands is sponsoring different projects for its volunteers on each day of the week focusing on improving conditions in education, financial stability, or health care.

“National Volunteer Week is all about highlighting the good work that is being done in local communities,” said Bridgett Molony, United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center Manager. “So many people in the Midlands so generously give of their time, and we want to be able to provide quality opportunities for individuals and groups that will truly help improve the quality of life for everyone. The activities going on this year will do just that.”

On Monday, April 11, the volunteers will focus on education with a project at the Boys and Girls Club’s Ben Arnold Center sponsored by Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. On Monday about 35 volunteers will visit the Boys and Girls Club Ben Arnold Center at 1100 South Holly St. in Columbia from 3:00 pm to 5:30 p.m. assisting youth with their homework and daily fitness activities. Some volunteers will even be teaching brief financial education classes to the young people to instill smart financial decisions at a young age.

The events on Tuesday, April 12 focus on financial stability and are sponsored by SCANA. About 50 employees will volunteer at the Carolina Children’s Home and will be painting inspirational quotes on the walls throughout the living quarters from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 United Way of the Midlands volunteers representing Blue Cross Blue Shield will focus on health care and will deliver meals to homebound seniors with the Meals On Wheels program from their location at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church at 3401Trenholm Road in Columbia.

Senior Resources Meals On Wheels delivers over 100,000 hot, noon day meals to eligible elderly, frail, and homebound individuals on an ongoing basis each year. Volunteers will serve from 9:00 a.m. to 10: 50 a. m. at the church and then after 10:50 a.m. will be delivering the meals.

On Thursday, April 14, the United Way of the Midlands will hold its “Blueprint for Leadership Meet and Greet.” The event will be held at the United Way of the Midlands office at 1800 Main St. in Columbia from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

In addition to connecting community leaders with the specific projects during the week, the United Way of the Midlands also offers the “Blueprint for Leadership,” a board training program conducted in partnership with The Weathers Group to help prepare community activists for service on a local non–profit board of directors.

During this meet and greet session, members of the 2011 Blueprint for Leadership Class will meet with non–profit leaders to seek a good match for service. This special event offers non–profits a chance to recruit some of the Midlands brightest and most eager prospective board members, while filling empty seats among their governing bodies.

In addition to the volunteer activities going on, United Way of the Midlands will recognize its outstanding volunteers at a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony Thursday, April 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum from 5: 30– 7: 00 p. m. This short awards program will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Awards will be presented in three categories— Live United awards, Community Impact Awards, and the Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award, which will be presented to Mark Brannock of Publix. All are invited to this quick and intimate reception.

For additional information about United Way of the Midlands National Volunteer Week activities, please contact Bridgett Molony, United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center manager, at 803.748.6987 or bmolony@uway.org

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