of Webster and Dudley
United Way of Webster Dudley Day of Caring
On Friday September 22, 2017 the United Way of Webster Dudley sponsored its seventh annual Day of Caring.
The event was hosted by MAPFRE Insurance again this year and began from their Gore Road Campus. “Every year, MAPFRE employees are proud to participate in the United Way Day of Caring which gives them the opportunity to go beyond monetary support by physically helping various organizations throughout Webster and Dudley noted Linda Johnson, Assistant Vice President Corporate Marketing Communications MAPFRE Insurance about the Day.
Over 120 volunteers donned red Day of Caring T-Shirts provided by MAPFRE Insurance, checked in for their assignments, grabbed their coffee and donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts, rubber gloves, trash bags and safety vests provided by Gatzke Hardware and 80 mums for planting and headed out into the community to get to work. And work they did! “It was a great day, noted UW Board President Bill Keefe and the community will certainly benefit from the projects we have accomplished. Volunteers from MAPFRE, Gentex Optics, Bank Hometown, Webster Five and Webster First Federal Credit Union were on hand ready to work.
United Way partner agency projects included collating educational materials in preparation of domestic violence month for New Hope: a local agency helping to end family violence. Also painting and yard work at New Beginnings: a residential group home here in Webster, a division of The Bridge: and landscaping, weeding and trimming as well as painting happened at the Boys & Girls Club of Webster Dudley.
Additional projects in Webster included yard work and clean-up at Park Ave Elementary School. Yard work, clean-up, power washing and painting at the Veterans Home, along with planting Mums at the new Veterans Memorial at Memorial beach and trash pick- up at exit 1 off 395 so the trash wouldn’t end up in the Lake. Major weeding and general landscaping took place at the Webster Middle School. They called themselves the weeding warriors.
Out in Dudley over at Dudley Elementary School volunteers spread new mulch in the playground area, and did weeding, trimming and landscaping too! The volunteers there were thanked with Thank You signs posted in the windows and made by the students. At The Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley a team of ten including library Director Karen Wall trimmed, weeded and planted making the beautiful space fresh and weed free once more. And volunteers weeded, planted and cleaned up around the Dudley Town Hall, Dudley Police Station and the Dudley Veterans Court of Honor. Up on the campus at Shepherd Hill High School volunteers tackled painting directional arrows throughout the campus. “Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers the day was a great success” noted UW Executive Director Janet Scheffler.