Green Mountain United Way Holds Days of Action
June 21, 2016 and June 25, 2016
It was a gorgeous day on Tuesday, June 21st, when Green Mountain United Way and a dozen or more volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and the Northfield Savings Bank gathered at OUR (One Unified Response) House and the Sexual Assault Crisis Team (SACT) offices in downtown Barre. It was also the inaugural event for the BCBSVT Volunteer Program. The entire day was a huge success.
These 13 people started right in at 9 a.m. power washing the buildings, staining a ramp, painting doors and trim, sweeping and cleaning parking areas, trimming bushes and cleaning out flower beds. Inside they washed floors and provided other spring cleaning services all to the amazement of OUR House and SACT personnel.
OUR House Executive Director, Rebecca Duranleau, quickly posted on her Facebook page, “GMU goes WAY out of the way to find those in the community who need anything from a small boost to a BIG help and they always find a way to not only assist but to be smiling while doing it. Such an amazing team and a gift to the community!!!” Noted by Tawnya Kristen, GMUW Executive Director, “We typically measure the number of hours and people who volunteer, but I wish we could measure the smiles and hugs shared on Days of Action. It would be off the charts.”
These volunteers even impressed a passerby walking to work who stopped and offered his help for another day. He was inspired by the camaraderie and dedication these volunteers showed for a worthy cause.
A second Day of Action also took place in the Mad River Valley on Saturday, June 25th, where another set of volunteers helped to clear and maintain mountain bike trails for the Mad River Riders. Five volunteers worked together on the Leonard’s Loop Trail at Blueberry Lake to rake, trim and clean up the trails and move some rocks in preparation for the mountain bike riding season. Huge thanks go out to the Mad River Riders for leading us in this trail grooming day.
The United Way Day of Action is a volunteer day that happens across the nation conducted by local United Ways. It is a way to recruit volunteers for those agencies whose budgets and time are strained and cannot allow for hiring people to take care of certain tasks. It is also a great venue to bring together people who want to volunteer but are unaware of certain needs in their communities. Through these volunteer events, they can give of their time and expertise, learn leadership skills and might even become regular volunteers for local agencies. “One of the best things about the United Way is our ability to support the community in a variety of ways, especially through volunteer opportunities. This not only supports needs of other non-profits who do amazing work, but also offers a true understanding of how one act can make a huge impact,” said Ms. Kristen.
For more information about GMUW and Day of Action, call Carrie at their Barre office at 802-622-8056.