PITTSBURG — A global effort reaching millions of people needs help locally.
United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas’ 2016 Day of Action is on June 17 and gets the community involved with area nonprofits — a perfect combination for Director of Resource Development Jeremy Martinous.
“I think the impact is huge,” she said. “Because it actually gets our community involved with the agencies and when you do that, they see the need.”
Day of Action puts community members side-by-side to help with landscaping, painting, small construction and other projects. Martinous said accommodations can be made so volunteers can serve any amount of time.
There’s an opportunity for local businesses to hold drives as well.
Names and Numbers is having a cleaning and laundry supply drive for Safehouse Crisis Center — last year the phone-book company collected new towels and sheets for the center.
Director of Human Resources Tammy Shepherd said the company has helped with United Way’s fall campaign for nearly 20 years and added doing the drive last year.
“Our staff loves to help, we have a generous and giving staff,” Shepherd said. “And they love to be a part of helping the community.”
Martinous said about 70 people signed up to volunteer as of Wednesday. She expects over 100 volunteers, compared to 75 last year.
“Our community has really stepped up the last couple years,” she said.
Volunteers are still needed and there is time for companies to start a drive. Martinous said the last day for volunteers to register and get T-Shirts is 10 a.m. on June 10. Although, volunteers will be taken until noon on June 16.
There are projects for all ages as well.
“Day of Action is a great way to get your kids involved in volunteering in the community,” she said.
To register or get involved, contact Martinous at 620-231-8140 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other projects will benefit Wesley House, Mother to Mother Ministry, The Salvation Army, Family Resource Center and cleaning up Friendship Field in Frontenac for girl scouts.
Day of Action if slated for June 21, but the local effort is usually done the Friday before, Martinous said.
United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas providing funding to 49 programs through 36 partner agencies.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.