FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With every snap of the clippers, and swipe of the brush, volunteers across Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties spent the day caring for non-profits in northwest Alabama.
Whether it’s painting or landscaping, Beth Haddock the Executive Director of United Way of Northwest Alabama said volunteers are a must to help organizations who may not have the resources otherwise.
“The Day of Caring is just an opportunity for the community to give back to the non-profits that are every single day boots on the ground helping the community,” stated Haddock.
The 18 projects taking place during the Day of Caring coincides with this year’s kick-off campaign for fund raising.
United Way of Northwest Alabama organizers said the last two to three years of fund raising to help non-profits have been flat.
They hope the emphasis on volunteerism with the Day of Caring will help fund raising efforts this year.
“Once the community sees what incredible things we can do by working together as a team, the money just comes,” explained Haddock. “Because, you want to give so you can make a difference.”
And Haddock said 99-cents of every dollar raised stays in the three county area they provide services in.
As part of their fund raising efforts, United Way of Northwest Alabama is also holding their annual United We Dine at restaurants through-out the Shoals during the month of September.