ALBANY — United Way of Southwest Georgia is spurring volunteers into action to create meaningful impact throughout the community today for Day of Action, an annual event mobilizing the caring power of volunteers to create positive change in more than 450 communities around the world.
Traditionally held on the longest day of the year, Day of Action invites volunteers of all ages to rally together around important issues. Last year, tens of thousands of volunteers around the world joined more than 450 United Ways from 19 countries to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in those communities.
This year, United Way will mobilize close to 50 individuals in southwest Georgia to participate. During Day of Action, a team of five to 10 people are partnered with a nonprofit organization to complete a project that a nonprofit may not have the financial resources or manpower to hire outside help to complete.
That is where volunteers come in.
“Volunteers are the backbone to nonprofit organizations and we’re thrilled to see so many citizens in our community get excited about volunteering,” United Way President and CEO Shaunae Motley said. “We’re also proud to help foster a love for philanthropy that may not have previously existed within a local business or organization.”
Participants will work on projects organized through five nonprofit organizations throughout Albany and Dougherty County in the morning hours. A volunteer kickoff event will be held at the Albany Mall where volunteers will meet and get additional information about their project assignments.
Volunteers from businesses and organizations committed to this year’s event include MetroPower, Publix Supermarkets in Albany and Leesburg, Tara Foods, United Way of Southwest Georgia staff and board and a teen empowerment group.
Projects include such activities as cleaning, landscaping, light construction, painting, moving furniture and organizing at five nonprofit organizations. Among these organizations are Albany Museum of Art, Family Literacy Connection, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, SOWEGA Council on Aging and Strive2Thrive.
The action can be followed on Facebook and Twitter at #UnitedWaySWGA, #UWDayofAction and #LIVEUNITED.