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United Way thanks the many volunteers who participated in Project Serve on April 19.

Volunteers Lend A Day of Service

Friday, April 19, 2013, marked the date when 350 volunteers from local organizations gave of their personal time to perform light maintenance and construction projects for 20 very grateful health and human service agencies.  United Way of the CSRA’s annual day-of-caring, Project Serve, kicked-off at 7:00 a.m. with the volunteers gathering at The Salvation Army Kroc Center for a hearty breakfast sponsored by Akima.

Three hundred fifty (350) volunteers from AmeriCorps*VISTA, Atlanta Gas Light Company; Augusta Service Company/ Austin Industrial; Club Car; Countersync; DSM Chemicals NA, Inc.; First Bank of Georgia; Fuller, Frost & Associates; Georgia Bank & Trust; International Paper; John Deere; Kellogg’s; Morgan Stanley; Palmetto GBA; Project Management Institute-Savannah River Chapter; Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Savannah River Remediation; Security Federal Bank; Solvay Specialty Polymers, LLC; St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church; and WJBF News Channel 6 spent the day working in local nonprofit agencies performing projects ranging from painting and landscaping to building repair.

The agencies receiving the donated labor were Action Ministries, American Red Cross, Augusta Rescue Mission, Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, Child Enrichment Inc., Christ Community Health Services, Easter Seals of East Georgia, The Family Y, Fireside Ministries, Friendship Community Center, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Heritage Academy, Hope House, The Lydia Project, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, SafeHomes Inc., The Salvation Army, Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, and St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta.

Without the help of these generous volunteers, most of these agencies could not afford to have this much-needed work done.  Because of the generosity of the volunteers, the local health and human service agencies are able to direct their resources to helping those in need in our community.

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United Way recently recognized the top ten schools participating in the 2013 MLK Service Project.

2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Project A Huge Success!

LaVerne Gold speaking to the RCBE Board

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life vision and commitment to the causes of both civil rights and public service, United Way of the CSRA, with the help of the Richmond County Board of Education Schools and AmeriCorps*VISTA Members, hosted the 2013 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Project. This year saw more RCBE students getting involved in community service, with some 1,000 students participating, as well as greater participation from area high schools.

In honor of Dr. King at the March 2013 RCBE Board Meeting, United Way President/CEO Laverne H. Gold recognized the top 10 schools that participated in helping make a difference in our community through their commitment to the ideals and virtues championed by Dr. King with a Certificate of Appreciate and gift basket.

1st Place           Pine Hill Middle School
2nd Place          Goshen Elementary School
3rd Place           Murphey Middle School
4th Place           Jenkins-White Elementary School
5th Place           McBean Elementary School
6th Place           Morgan Road Middle School
7th Place           Butler High School
8th Place           Glenn Hills Elementary School
9th Place           Meadowbrook Elementary School
10th Place         T. W. Josey High School

LaVerne Gold presenting the 1st place award to Pine Hill Middle School.

Collectively, Richmond County Schools donated over 3,282 items, with an estimated value of $6, 300.  Additionally, 601 items were collected from participating area hotels, with an estimated value of $400, bringing a total of 3,883 items and a total estimated value of $6,700. This strong and unforgettable act of kindness helped United Way’s AmeriCorps*VISTA members provide 1,545 emergency hygiene kits to the homeless, seniors in the Senior Food Box Program, and RCBE students and their families experiencing the effects of poverty.