Baytown, Texas (October 25, 2017) – The United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County is gearing up for United Way Days of Caring this weekend October 27th and 28th. Days of Caring supports local non-profit and public service agencies in the Greater Baytown area by linking teams of volunteers to requested improvement projects in the community. More than 700 individuals volunteered in 2016. Projects include landscaping, painting, cleaning, repair, and mulch/gardening at more than 20 area non-profits. Days of Caring is a United Way tradition and a representation of what it means to LIVE UNITED!
Without the continued support from our corporate partners, this effort would not be possible. Employees from the following workplaces are scheduled to volunteer: ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou Plant, Goose Creek CISD, Jacobs, ONEOK, Covestro, LWL Inc., Pilot Club of Baytown and Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.
Through United Way Days of Caring, many donors and supporters visit a United Way partner agency site, meet agency employees, complete a meaningful volunteer project, and otherwise have personal contact with an organization they are supporting financially by their United Way campaign contribution.
One or more volunteer project coordinators from each workplace meet in advance with their respective agency contacts to plan the project. The cost of materials is covered by campaign contributions to United Way.
Steering committee members for United Way Days of Caring are Jason Giaquinto of ExxonMobil Baytown Complex, Diane Hughes of ExxonMobil BTEC, Donald Vallier; retiree of Shell, and Gladys Pryor & Elisa Cherry of United Way.
United Way Day of Caring originated in the 1980s in Pittsburgh with United Way of Allegheny County. United Way Day of Caring came to the local United Way in fall of 2000, when about 100 volunteers completed projects at seven United Way agency locations.