Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Hundreds of volunteers from the Chippewa Valley gave back in a variety of ways, as a part of United Way’s Day of Caring.
For the 24th year, more than 900 volunteers helped with about 60 projects for more than 40 non-profits.
“It’s just so much fun,” said James Peters, of the HSHS Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s Foundation. “Great to work with others and just to be supportive of the larger concept of volunteering.”
Volunteers packed meals for Feed My People Food Bank, did landscaping and cleanup for Bolton Refuge House, and even started putting up lights for the Irvine Park Christmas display.
“In total our volunteers are contributing over 3,000 hours to local non-profits in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties, and for those non-profits that’s huge. It equates to over $85,000 worth of time and effort,” said Rebecca Baader, from United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
This is the Chippewa Valley’s largest day of community service.
“Our company very much believes in giving back to the community we all live in and work in, and it’s an exciting day for all of us to roll up our sleeves and do something different that we don’t otherwise get to do,” said Julie Thoney, of Xcel Energy.
Our area is often recognized for its generosity, and this event is just more proof of that.
“It’s a way to meet others in the community who care about how are community is serving others and making our area better,” Peters said.
“We can take some time to give back to those less fortunate than us, it really feels good to be able to help out some folks,” said Thoney.
The Day of Caring may just be one day out of the year, but volunteers said it encourages people to give back the other 364.
“You don’t really understand the heart and soul of your community until you actually get involved and you see every end of it, all the good that’s being done and all the people who are in need,” Peters told News 18.
Thoney agreed, and added, “These places don’t need help just one day a year, but all year long for many, many things, so we’re hoping that ‘s something that continues.”
“The Chippewa Valley would not be as strong as it is without all of the volunteers that make it happen,” said Baader.