MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – More than 1,200 volunteers are spreading across the Mid-South Friday to volunteer for service work for the United Way of the Mid-South‘s Days of Caring.
From Friday morning to afternoon, volunteers will take part in 45 service projects in Shelby and DeSoto Counties to give back and beautify the areas. It’s the Mid-South chapter’s largest service event of the year and the 28th year in a row they’ve done it.
Volunteerwork entails various tasks such as making supply bags for homeless youth, yardwork for the elderly, and cleaning up local non-profits like the Boys and GirlsClub.
“Notonly does it plug individuals into the non-profit community, it really engagesthem into the city. As we progress and grow the Mid-South, we want to make surethat everyone is pouring into and helping support those who are in need,”Lori Spicer Robertson, of the United Way of the Mid-South, said.
SpicerRobertson said there’s also a significant economic impact for a day’s worth ofwork.
“Lastyear, we had over $200,000 of an economic impact. We hope to beat that thisyear but really, more so, to help build and build relationships for ournon-profit partners. Allow people to come in and see the great work they’redoing but also continue to volunteer with the United Way so that they can pluginto our community,” she said.
The Mid-South chapter kicked off Days of Caring on Thursday night. Volunteers with Women United sorted donated items for women and children in shelters.
Daysof Caring will conclude on Saturday with a 5K Race to Prosperity.