More than 400 volunteers worked on 25 projects at 20 sites in a 10-parish area for the Capital Area United Way’s Day of Action on June 19.
ExxonMobil, who made up more than half of the Day of Action volunteers, sponsored the event.
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, a news release said.
Part of a global Day of Action, the event included thousands of United Way volunteers across the world, pitching in on projects in their communities.
Locally, a team of eight Entergy River Bend employees participated by volunteering to paint Early Head Start classrooms at the Family Service Center at Bains Lower Elementary School in St. Francisville.
Last year, nearly 350 United Ways in 14 countries worked on projects that focused on education, income and health.
“It’s a day that brings about concrete examples of how to partner service with action,” Family Service Center Supervisor Bridget Plauché said.
Entergy’s team — Todd Brumfield, Joey Clark, Keith Crissman, Elizabeth Fako, Claudia Hurst, Chuck Miller, Eric Olson and Tim Schouk — prepared classrooms, painted walls with fresh blue paint and made minor repairs.
“The work was completed very efficiently, and the results will delight teachers and children when they return to begin a new school year,” Plauché said.
“Capital Area United Way and Entergy are committed to making a positive impact in our local community, and this project is just one of the many ways both organizations provide support,” West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton said.
“Capital Area United Way strives to strengthen communities by bringing services to people where they live and work,” Plauché said. “The match between West Feliciana schools and Entergy has proven to be advantageous for employees of both organizations and especially for the children and teachers who will have a freshly painted environment for learning. We appreciate Capital Area United Way and Entergy for making this possible.”
Day of Action 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.
Capital Area United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, Emerging Leaders and the Youth Volunteer Corps were involved, along with corporate partners 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.
In all, 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 CAUW. “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 CAUW. “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 impacts across all our communities.”
To volunteer through United Way, visit volunteer.CAUW.org or call (225) 383-2643.