More than 400 volunteers worked on 25 projects at 20 sites in the 10-parish area for the United Way Day of Action on June 19. ExxonMobil, whose employees made up more than half of the Day of Action volunteers, sponsored the Day of Action.

The event was part of a global Day of Action, in which thousands of United Way volunteers across the world pitched in on projects in their communities, a news release said.

Last year, nearly 350 United Ways in 14 countries worked on projects focused on education, income and health.

Locally, corporate volunteer teams and individual volunteers tackled brick-and-mortar projects, including painting, building/constructing and cleaning while mentoring young ladies and women entering the workforce.

Work sites included AMIKids; The Arc, Iberville; Bains Lower Elementary School; Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center; Big Buddy Program; Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge; Capital Area United Way; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge; Friendship Capital High School; Girls on the Run — South Louisiana; HOPE Ministries; Iris Domestic Violence Center; McMains Children’s Developmental Center; Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge; Salvation Army Community Center, Brookstown; Salvation Army Dining Room, Baton Rouge; Salvation Army Store, Gonzales; West Baton Rouge Museum; YWCA EHS Prescott; and YWCA EHS Istrouma.

ExxonMobil volunteers assembled 100 literacy backpacks for distribution to prekindergarten students in the community.

Capital Area United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, Emerging Leaders and the Youth Volunteer Corps were involved, along with corporate partners including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, City Year Baton Rouge, Entergy River Bend, ExxonMobil, Jacobs Engineering, Methanex, Regions Bank, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation, Shell and Telco.

Volunteers put in about 2,400 hours of work valued at $54,522, the release said.

“Volunteers are a strong part of the community-building effort,” said Shannon Dietz, director of corporate engagement and volunteer management at Capital Area United Way. “On this day, we saw people from all walks of life coming together to make life better for their neighbors in the Capital region.”

“We’ve made it a priority to ask people all across the community to get involved,” said Darrin Goss Sr., president/CEO of Capital Area United Way. “People donate to United Way, of course, but more and more people are answering the call to give their time to make their community a better place. We’re working to connect people with what matters most to them and creating positive impact all across our community.”

To volunteer through United Way, visit or call (225) 383-2643.