26th Annual Day of Caring
In 1992, about 250 volunteers gathered to help spruce up what was then the YWCA campus on North Wells Street. That event has now grown into an opportunity for thousands of volunteers to come together to make Allen County a better place to live and work. Those who roll up our sleeves and raise our hands know this event as Day of Caring.
Last year, over 1,600 volunteers participated in more than 80 community service projects in the Fort Wayne area. Day of Caring projects included various tasks such as cleaning, landscaping, painting, supply drives, and general maintenance. Projects took anywhere from four to eight hours to complete and teams ranged in size from three to 200 people. The completed work was done at non-profit agencies, schools, or private residences recommended by NeighborLink.
One of the unsung hero stories from the milestone event was when volunteers from The Rescue Mission decided to give back this year and spend the day painting at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. “(The Rescue Mission) has been blessed with wonderful volunteers from the community,” noted volunteer, Laurie Brumbaugh. “Day of Caring was an opportunity to give back, offering more than we receive.”
The Rescue Mission had representatives from each department participate in the day. “It is our first year to participate instead of receiving volunteers,” said volunteer, Marissa Gunder. “Day of Caring is a way to give of our time and we will plan to volunteer again.”
Neighbors helping neighbors is the backbone of Day of Caring. Are you a hand raiser? Planning is underway for Day of Caring 2018.
Thank you hand raisers!