Last week, the City of Kamloops announced plans to open a mini-storage facility for the homeless with funding from the national Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Opening April 9th, this progressive facility will address the unmet needs of those without a home, including a safe place for personal belongings, secure storage for important documents, and even an address to list on job applications. The City of Kamloops didn’t stop there – their employees recognized the need to do more for marginalized individuals and promote an inclusive community. When they decided to reach out to United Way to create a plan to give back, we knew the answer would be a Day of Caring®.
On Saturday March 24th, employees from the City of Kamloops partnered with United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo to clean up the storage facility from top to bottom to grand opening ready. With 7 volunteers and 2 kids, the team cleaned up the space in a few short hours. With mops and brooms in hand, the team left not even a spec of dust behind.
This Day of Caring® collaboration project marks an important day in the history of United Way’s fight against poverty in our hometown Kamloops. A very big thank you to our heroes from the City of Kamloops for doing what they do best – making our home a better place.
With nearly 700 volunteers putting in over 3450 volunteer hours in less than three years, a lot of work, learning, and connecting is getting done at United Way Days of Caring® proudly presented by Home Hardware Kamloops.
The idea is simple. An organization has a project that has been sitting on the backburner like a new fence or a space painted, and a local business has a team of eager volunteers ready to get the job done. But it’s not just about the fence. It’s about building a sense of caring through volunteerism and connecting people with different skills, knowledge, and backgrounds. It’s about team-building and having the chance to learn about the programs available in our community that United Way supports.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and give back to your community? Sign up for a Day of Caring by CLICKING HERE.