Volunteers gathered not once, but twice last week for two Days of Caring® at the low-income seniors housing complex operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association in Logan Lake!
The project started last Thursday with a group of hardworking youth from the Logan Lake Ambassador Program.
The youth worked hard all morning and afternoon laying down landscape fabric, covering it with gravel and beginning the process of building and assembling vegetable beds. Despite the heat and difficult work they were a friendly and fun bunch!
Day 2 of a large Day of Caring® project in Logan Lake happened this past Saturday. Members of United Way’s local Community Impact Council joined family, friends and tenants to finish off 6 large raised vegetable garden beds and built 5 sheds for on-site storage.
The residents couldn’t be happier to see the property surrounding the units take shape and provide more functionality for them. The gardens will be planted this coming weekend with a variety of flowers and lettuces with plans for benches and a harvesting area in the year to come. Many of the local volunteers connected with others in the community that they had not yet met – good neighbors in the making. United Way is proud to have been a part of this project and work closely with Canadian Mental Health Association, an integral part of creating healthy people and strong communities.
BCLC has been a long-time supporter of United Way and our community efforts, and United Way is extremely pleased that they have now come on as corporate sponsor for this initiative. This sponsorship will help us expand and improve Days of Caring®, getting more people engaged and making a difference in their communities on ground level.
Members of the Community Impact Council serve as local United Way champions who act as advocates, experts and decision makers for their communities. All money raised through a United Way campaign, stays in the community that it was raised in. As our campaigns continue to grow in strength, we must be responsible and accountable for how the money is invested in the community. We can’t do that important work without local champions and decision makers. The council determines the priority areas of focus to build the community’s capacity to address social issues (through research and information gathering), champions and supports United Way in the community and invests the resources that were raised during the campaign to local charitable organizations and initiatives in the community.