Monday, September 10, 2012

Day of Caring a success!

Each year the Salvation Army is fortunate to partner with the Tulsa Area United Way for Day of Caring.  For those of you not familiar with Day of Caring, it’s a Friday in September when dozens of businesses descend upon deserving non-profits to help provide much-needed services. It also serves as a way for businesses to give back to the community.  This year, The Salvation Army had volunteers from 16 different companies provide a little TLC to our six different Boys and Girls Clubs and the Center of Hope.  Many of the companies are return volunteers from previous years. 

The great thing about Day of Caring is that it’s a perfect testament to what people can do when they work together!  This year projects ranged from a cook-out for the guests at the Center of Hope courtesy of Mazzio's to the cleaning of the fence line at the Sapulpa Boys and Girls club, courtesy of the Williams Companies. 

With 16 companies providing an average of 20 volunteers per company and donating roughly 4 hours of their time that’s 1,280 hours of time donated.

If you figure the average value of a volunteer at $17.49 per hour (according to this site then the total value of time alone given on Day of Caring was $22,387.20! That’s not even including supplies donated by the companies! That is why we depend on volunteers so much, they truly are the heart of the Salvation Army and we couldn’t continue doing the most good without them!  


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