Their view: Volunteers shine on Day of Caring


On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, I would like to extend our appreciation for all those companies and individuals who participated in the United Way’s most recent Day of Caring on May 17.

This was our 26th annual Day of Caring and was truly a wonderful and inspiring day.

The Day of Caring is one of our organization’s favorite days of the year. It is a day that we can celebrate the generosity of our donors and the spirit of volunteerism and service that makes the Wyoming Valley a special place to live.

Our theme for this year was “United Way, where the heart goes to work.”

On May 17, more than 930 caring volunteers from 71 companies and schools brought their “hearts to work” and spent an estimated 4,600 hours completing 62 projects at 40 nonprofit organizations with an approximated value of more than $113,000. The feedback from the organizations has been fantastic.

From cleanup and painting projects to weeding the River Commons, to sorting books and creating literacy kits, to playing with kids and helping teenagers get ready for their prom, it was an awesome day. Our many hands did a lot of heavy lifting, but it was our hearts, working together, that made such a great impact.

I would also like to extend a special shout out to our record number of 44 sponsors for all of their support. While there are too many to list in this letter, these companies are among the most caring companies in the Wyoming Valley and we are grateful for their friendship.

Every year I am humbled by the generosity of our donors and the willingness of others to support our community. Thank you all. Your spirit and compassion truly makes the Wyoming Valley an even better place to call home.

Bill Jones


United Way of Wyoming Valley