United Way sends out star-studded cast of volunteers
Each year, United Way brings hundreds of volunteers together to complete dozens of volunteer projects on one day through Day of Caring. The event started off with a kick-off breakfast for all the volunteers on the morning of September 21. During that breakfast United Way officially announced their new campaign theme, “Play a Starring Role in Your Community”. The breakfast theme was complete with movie theatre popcorn, film reels, and a red carpet. The theme was designed to recognize the stars within our own community that volunteer their time and money. During the breakfast, United Way of Florence County Board Chair and Assurant Manager of Operational Review John Cariati, spoke at the breakfast and encouraged all the volunteers and thanked them for their time.
After the breakfast, the volunteers all headed out to the project sites. According to Rachel Baggett, Director of Marketing and Initiatives for United Way, there were over 31 companies volunteering for 15 agencies and that they were going to complete roughly 70 projects all on the Day of Caring. Baggett said that many of the agencies that are helped are unable to complete these projects on their own and therefore greatly rely on the United Way’s one day caring challenge.
Companies that started in the 2018 Day of Caring through United Way were ADP Tax Credit Services, Agape Hospice, Assurant, Carolina Home Design, Carolinas Hospital System, City of Florence, DrayDigital Photography, Duke Energy, First Citizens Bank, First Reliance Bank, Florence Center, FC Probation and Parole, FC Tax Assessor, GE Healthcare, Heritage Home, HillSouth, Honda of SC, Mfg., Johnson Controls Battery Recycling, Johnson Controls Distribution Center, Junior League of Florence, McLeod Health, Monster Worldwide, Orr Company, Otis Elevator, Patheon, Pepsi-Cola of Florence, PGBA, LLC, Senior Citizens Association, WestRock, Williamsburg Technical College, and Volunteer CORPS.
Some of the organizations that benefited from the Day of Caring were Disabilities & Special Needs, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area, Lighthouse Ministries, Pee Dee Coalition’s main office and Durant’s Children Center, Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center, Salvation Army, Senior Citizens Association, United Way of Florence County, Florence Family YMCA, and various senior citizens in the Florence area that needed yard work completed.