Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Day of Caring

My coworkers and I were busy a couple of weeks ago volunteering at the Day of Caring, sponsored by United Way. In case you have not heard of the Day of Caring, let me give you a little background. In 1992 a branch of United Way sponsored a day they coined "The Day of Caring" which had a three-fold purpose:

  1. promote the spirit and value of volunteerism
  2. increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools
  3. demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish

I love the third purpose, especially because it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Our team was assigned to work on a house owned by an elderly elementary school cafeteria worker from Provo. We spent many hours toiling away painting, pulling weeds, trees, raking, you name it! I hope that, at least in a small way, we made her life that much better and more beautiful through our efforts.

Here I am painting the outside of the house with a girl from LDS Philanthropies.

Our entire team right before we finished the job.

Look how happy we all look. I guess helping others (instead of constantly focusing on yourself and your own problems) will do that.


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Little Miss Big Nose said...

inspiring post!
I came across your blog by the 'next blog' function, btw. :)

Tinadakis said...

The title makes it sound like its something new for you to care - but I know thats now true