Monday, November 11, 2013

United Way kicks off its 'Live United Week' by helping local schools

It is still only July, but before Manatee County students know it, they will be heading back to school, and there is still much to be done in the meantime.
The United Way of Manatee County is beginning its "Live United Week" next week with  volunteer opportunities at Manatee County schools. The Giving "Back to School" Days is a three day volunteer blitz that focuses on school campus beautification projects,  including cleaning, landscaping and organizing.
United Way of Manatee County volunteers work on an outside project for the Fed Ex Volunteer Day at the Community Haven for Adults and Children with disabilities. Photo Provided.   
 Manatee District schools targeted for volunteer help include Mills Elementary, Rowlett Elementary, Able Elementary, Palma Sola Elementary, Wakeland Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Bayshore Elementary and Rogers Garden Elementary. These schools were chosen because they responded to the United Way with specific campus project needs. This is the first time the United Way is on-site doing labor-type volunteering at local schools during their give "Back to Schools" Days. 


United Way Reading Pals volunteer Michelle Detweiler helps a student at Daughtrey Elementary. Photo Provided.
"We are working to strengthen our relationship with schools in Manatee," said Angela Moore, the vice president of resource development at the United Way of Manatee County. "This benefits the schools at a time of need. It is our opportunity to give additional resources."
The Giving "Back to School" Days are in preparation for the schools' new year beginnings in August. The volunteer effort is scheduled for Monday, July 22, Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday July 24. 
The United Way will also  launch its annual fundraising campaign with a kick-off breakfast on Thursday, July 25, at 7:30 a.m. at the Renaissance on 9th.
The free breakfast is in partnership with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Club.

Main fundraising efforts of the United Way campaign is through the workplace campaign, giving employees opportunities to talk to representatives and make donation commitments through payroll deductions, and the residential campaign, which seeks individual contributions. 
The United Way of Manatee County is currently looking for volunteers for "Live United Week" as well as volunteers to read to students during the school year through the Reading Pals Program.
For more information about volunteering, call the United Way of Manatee County at 941-748-1313. 


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