Last Wednesday, a group of dedicated volunteers from the Bank of Montreal visited the John Tod Centre to re-paint walls for the Boys and Girls Club. Over the past two years, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo has invested over $115,000 in this amazing organization who works hard to provide a safe, supportive place for children and youth to experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
“We had the pleasure of having Bank of Montreal at the Boys and Girls Club brightening our hallways with paint. After four years in our space at John Tod Centre there were some signs of wear and tear on our hall walls and without the support of this Day of Caring® we would not have been able to take the time to clean and paint the halls to freshen them up, we are so appreciative of the help!” – Traci Anderson, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
The group of bright-eyed bankers arrived at 9:00 am ready for the day and excited to paint. Once we started on the project a young girl poked her head out of the window and asked what we were doing. When we told her we were painting the walls she exclaimed, “just for me?!” and shared her excitement with the rest of her class. This adorable exchange helped show the volunteers the real difference they were making.
Thanks to BMO’s great volunteers we were able to save the Boys and Girls Club the cost of supplies and hours’ worth of labour.
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 back burner 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.