Each year on June 21, United Ways around the world invite their communities to improve the conditions in which they live by volunteering with a United Way project in a “Day of Action.” This June, the United Way of Wayne County, in collaboration with other local nonprofits and businesses, focused on the needs of those who live in the cycle of poverty. These individuals and families often find it hard to come by the basic items that are essential for good health and hygiene, like toiletries and home goods, according to a release form UWWC.
One of the focus areas for the UWCC is the financial stability and health of people in its community. Care packages filled with personal hygiene items became the community project for this year’s Day of Action.
“The concept is simple,” explained Patty Graham, UWWC’s community engagement director, “we collect donations and then sort them into boxes for individuals.”
Volunteers made 372 care packages that were shared with The Salvation Army and the Goldsboro Soup Kitchen on June 21. Some businesses and groups of friends joined in the effort to provide recipients with a special gift by collecting items, decorating and putting messages of hope in each care package, the release stated.
Each United Way Day of Action is aimed at helping those in need in the communities served by United Ways.
United Way of Wayne County is pleased that the spirit of the day continued this year, Graham noted in the release. There are still groups, organizations, and businesses that are collecting and making Care Packages that United Way of Wayne County can distribute to other programs and shelters.
UWWC will accept donations of personal hygiene items any time of the year. The foundation is also collecting fans for elderly residents in need of cool relief from the hot weather. The Fans for the Elderly project will continue through Aug. 8.
Fans can be brought to the United Way of Wayne County office at 2803 Cashwell Drive or to the Goldsboro News-Argus on Berkeley Boulevard.