Lake Area United Way’s Unity in Our Community Week will take place August 5 through August 9. Unity in Our Community is a week long event that gives residents the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteerism. It also serves as the official start to this year’s new community campaign. During the week various nonprofits, churches, and other community organizations throughout the county host a variety of volunteer projects that are open to the public. Projects range from packing healthy meal boxes for the hungry at PackaPalooza, to helping the homeless get access to services with We Care From The Heart, to creating care packages for cancer patients, to helping beautify group homes at Tradewinds Services, and much more. This year there are even some virtual donation drives for people who want to give back but don’t have the time or ability to participate in traditional volunteer opportunities. Most projects are also family friendly and are great opportunities for children and teens to gain volunteer hours.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit which is why promoting volunteerism and connecting people to projects is so important to United Way and our work. Unity in Our Community Week is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get out and give back to their community in a variety of ways. It also gives them a great chance to learn a little bit more about the services that are helping make Lake County a better place for all,” said Lake Area United Way President and CEO Lisa Daugherty. “Lake Area United Way is proud to be able to be a connector for volunteers and nonprofits.”
Volunteers can view and sign up for projects on the Volunteer Lake County! website at www.volunteerlakecounty.org/unity. Projects are now live on the site. There are plenty of volunteer spots still available. If you are looking for Day of Caring projects in Porter or LaPorte Counties visit www.nwivolunteer.org.
Unity In Our Community Week will kick off with a rally at Wicker Park on Monday, August 5 from 4-7 p.m. The family friendly event will feature a beach volleyball tournament and is free and open to the public.
If you have questions about Unity In Our Community Week or would like to sign up for the beach volleyball tournament reach out to Megan Sikes at [email protected] or 219-923-2302 ext. 311.