Last week we had the opportunity to work with some volunteers from RBC to clean and paint a new office space for A Way Home Kamloops. The volunteers painted the walls the “colour of youth homelessness” – a bright orange that is also the colour of A Way Home Kamloops’ logo.
A Way Home Kamloops is a collective of 158 members from all sectors including youth, non-profits, landlords, businesses, students, ministries, and community members. A Way Home provides community coordination to reduce gaps in services & ensure there are no wrong doors for homeless youth. Our community collective ensures every sector and member has a pivotal role to play in ending youth homelessness.
The executive director of A Way Home Kamloops, Katherine McParland, has been working from an office at United Way and thanks to these great volunteers the rapidly expanding organization will soon have a much needed office of their own to work from.
The group of volunteers was small but mighty; they painted walls, cleaned windows, scrubbed floors and removed the grime and old tape from the back door in only two hours – and did an amazing job! After they were done it looked like a brand-new space suited perfectly for A Way Home Kamloops. RBC has volunteered for three Days of Caring this summer and donated $1000 grants to each program through their community initiatives. Thank you so much to these amazing volunteers who come out and work to make a real difference in their communities.
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.