By Shaunna Cullen
The United Way Day of Caring offers people and businesses the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit agencies in the community. While United Way promotes community service volunteer efforts year-round, this day brings hundreds of people together to make a difference in the community.
Last fall, YWCA New Britain was paired with employees from Otis Elevator and Pratt & Whitney for two separate Day of Caring events sponsored by the United Way. Participating in the Day of Caring not only gives volunteers a sense of belonging in their cities, it also helps non-profits connect with agencies they may not have otherwise.
Otis Elevator volunteers helped with landscaping outside the building, washed down equipment in our childcare classrooms, and provided assistance with cleaning out our attic.
Cassandra Nielsen, Human Resources Leadership Program Associate at Otis, said she enjoys volunteering because “it reminds you that it’s not all about you!”
On the second Day of Caring, several volunteers from Pratt & Whitney were peppered around the building in various classrooms. Some read to children and others participated in classroom activities involving math, role playing or hands-on activities.
Leslie Stewart, Campaign and Sales Support Manager & Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney, spent some time in the Giraffes classroom. Students showed Leslie the classroom’s collection of sea shells, and they counted the shells and identified colors together.
“It was wonderful to have the volunteers, they were approachable, warm and engaged. They added a very different element of interaction with the children that day,” said Michele Eathorne, Childcare Co-Director.
YWCA New Britain is a United Way funded agency that benefits from grants and donations from the United Way. Thank you to United Way for coordinating this effort, and for all the work you do in our community. We would also like to thank Otis Elevator and Pratt & Whitney for joining us on the Day of Caring. We look forward to future visits!