Last week a fantastic group of volunteers from RBC weeded the JUMP garden on Clapperton Street.
JUMP is a unique and completely volunteer driven organization made up of people with the lived experiences of homelessness, disability, addiction and physical and mental health challenges. They have served 1250 home cooked meals for 60,000 people. JUMP provides produce markets and urban community gardens and creates volunteer and community connection opportunities for people of all ages struggling economically, socially and nutritionally. Their goal is to assist people to stabilize their lives and meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy and community-based lifestyle. The garden that the volunteers from RBC is one of two community gardens that are open to everyone to plant, maintain and harvest. The food produced supports the Royal Social House, the Kamloops Food Bank, and anyone who is in need.
The wave of almost 20 volunteers clad in their blue team RBC shirts arrived at the Garden on Clapperton Street ready to get to work. They managed to weed the whole garden in only one and a half hours and remaining in good spirits the whole time – chatting about their work day and jumping at the occasional spider hidden in the broccoli. We really appreciate the volunteers from RBC coming to help out – RBC has participated in 3 Days of Caring®this summer! Since JUMP is an entirely volunteer run organization, groups doing work like this can make a huge difference. Thanks to organizations supporting their community through Days of Caring® United Way is able to impact positive change in local non-profit agencies.
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.