AUSTIN (KXAN) — September 11th marks a National Day of Service of Remembrance and what better way to serve than to give back to your community. That’s the goal of the United Way for Greater Austin Area. Friday marks the annual Fall Day of Caring, encouraging people in the community to volunteer and give back to different non-profits and schools in the area.
There are several different organizations seeking volunteers. At the Sustainable Food Center, volunteers will help harvest, remove weeds and prepare gardens for the fall season. And at the Mainspring School in south Austin, volunteers will stain shelving units, reorganize materials and spruce up the playgrounds.
Creative Action is also benefiting from Day of Caring. It’s an arts based youth development non-profit in town, serving about 20,000 students each school year through after school and community based programs.
50 volunteers will help them prepare more than 7,000 items they give away as part of their programs. Things like making friendship bracelets and origami for their students. Organizers say their mission would be impossible without the help of the community.
“I hope the volunteers, even though it’s something as simple as cutting some string and tying it together that they’ll get a chance to learn about our work and learn about how something as simple as this can become a really powerful learning experience for a young person,” said Natalie Goodnow with Creative Action.
The United Way, along with organizations like Creative Action hope that the Day of Caring is enough to encourage people to give back more than just once a year.
“We absolutely hope that by volunteering at this United Way Day of Caring, people are going to get inspired to get more involved in our program, to volunteer more in Austin so that we can really make a difference for the lives of young people all throughout our community,” said Corinna Archer.
If you would like to volunteer, visit the United Way for Greater Austin.