Day of Caring stories: Volunteers worked with United Housing & SRVS in 2010 on homes for people with disabilities

This story comes courtesy of Amanda Chisholm, with Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, Inc. (SRVS).

Local volunteers improved landscaping at three SRVS homes during last year's Day of Caring event

Great things happen during United Way’s Day of Caring fundraising campaign kickoff and volunteer work event every year.

Last year, over 70 Day of Caring volunteers made repairs and improvements at three SRVS homes for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Working alongside staff from United Housing, Inc., the volunteers tackled demolition and remodeling at a house on Oakwood. Mike Brunk with United Housing commented that he loves fixing up old homes for people in need.

Day of Caring volunteers

Volunteers from United Housing and International Paper gather in front of a SRVS home on Oakwood

“It’s especially gratifying to do the work for people with disabilities,” he said, adding, “I’ve worked on seven homes connected with SRVS.”

The Day of Caring volunteer force was made up of employees from FedEx, First Mercantile Bank, International Paper, Mass Mutual and Pinnacle Airlines. Volunteers also worked at SRVS homes at Rutland Apartments, reworking flower beds, and creating a patio space with a raised vegetable garden for the residents to enjoy. Volunteers built a storage shed and updated landscaping at a SRVS home on Hallbrook.

Volunteers from Mass Mutual and First Mercantile Bank at the Rutland Apartments worksite

SRVS staff were also on hand, helping volunteers stay hydrated and organizing food and drinks for all the hardworking volunteer teams.

SRVS and United Housing, Inc. are both part of United Way’s network of care, working to improve local education, income and health in our community.

Day of Caring 2011 will take place on Friday, September 16th. If your organization wishes to participate with a volunteer team or if your nonprofit could use help from local volunteers that day, contact United Way of the Mid-South at dayofcaring@uwmidsouth.org today.

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