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.
Volunteer work entails various tasks such as making supply bags for homeless youth, yard work for the elderly, and cleaning up local non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club.
“Not only does it plug individuals into the non-profit community, it really engages them into the city. As we progress and grow the Mid-South, we want to make sure that everyone is pouring into and helping support those who are in need,” Lori Spicer Robertson, of the United Way of the Mid-South, said.
Spicer Robertson said there’s also a significant economic impact for a day’s worth of work.
“Last year, we had over $200,000 of an economic impact. We hope to beat that this year but really, more so, to help build and build relationships for our non-profit partners. Allow people to come in and see the great work they’re doing but also continue to volunteer with the United Way so that they can plug into 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.
Days of Caring will conclude on Saturday with a 5K Race to Prosperity.