On September 19th an amazing team of volunteers from Interior Savings participated in a Day of Caring® at Garden Gate.
Garden Gate has a 2.8 acre site which includes a green house, veggie garden, and kitchen/classroom. They focus on encouraging healthy eating and active living for people with mental health issues and addictions. On top of personal benefits, these individuals have the opportunity to give to the health and wellness of various members of their community. Participants and volunteers increase their own food security by being able to take home organic produce in exchange for their help in the garden, while increasing the food security of the community by producing fruits and vegetables for local food charities.
This tiny but mighty group of only half a dozen Interior Savings volunteers spent their Day of Caring® getting their hands dirty in the potato garden, harvesting five rows of assorted potatoes. During their break, members of the Interior Savings group enjoyed a lunch provided by garden gate made with an assortment of produce grown from their garden. We stopped in to thank these hard working volunteers for their amazing efforts, and asked why they enjoy participating in Days of caring. One volunteer stood up and proudly pointed to her blue Interior Savings t-shirt that stated “local money for local good” then said “that’s what we’re all about”. Thank you to all the volunteers from Interior Savings who gave their time to participate in a Day of Caring® at Garden Gate.
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.