Lauren, our Community Engagement intern, participated in our second annual Family Volunteer Day on July 16. Here are her thoughts about the experience:
The second annual United Way’s Family Volunteer Day was a great success! The event was scheduled for July 16, 2011 and had more than 160 volunteers from 54 local families that participated at 8 project sites across the community. The volunteers accomplished over 3,000 hours of volunteer work. Volunteers completed projects in Buffalo, East Aurora, Tonawanda and Cheektowaga. Projects included community mural painting and neighborhood clean-up efforts. I volunteered at the Hospice Campus located in Cheektowaga. Our site had about 20 volunteers that participated. Our assigned project was to beautify the Hospice campus. The Hospice campus is an inpatient facility that offers palliative care for individuals with life threatening illnesses. The facility is a small and unique living center. The campus features an outdoor courtyard and gardens for patients and their families to enjoy.
The volunteers worked on projects including: gardening, cleaning, restoration of lawn furniture and sanding and staining benches. Hospice has a friendly and helpful staff that provided us with supplies and instructions about what we’d be working on. The event lasted 2 hours and the volunteers were supplied with bottled water and snacks throughout the day. Hospice was extremely delighted with the work we completed. Now patients and their families can enjoy the patio furniture and gardens when they host barbeques this summer. The experience was extremely rewarding and I look forward to working this event for years to come.