Exterior landscaping (entry area, weeding planters, weed screen, some tree trimming, playground equipment tune-up)
Potlach Credit Union
Addison Lawn Care
Mt. States Early Head Start
Exterior Landscaping and clean up
Mountain West Bank Sdpt/Pond
Sandpoint Area Seniors
Project 1 (add gravel and level out parking lot)
Project 2 (Build shelves across back of storage building; clean gutters, organize storage)
Peak Sand and Gravel
& Interstate Concrete
Idaho Forest Group
Sandpoint Life Choices
Painting new office space
Priest River Ministries
Lydia’s Closet organization (summer clothes put away and winter/school clothes out)
Mountain West Bank Newport
Painting and handyman projects in existing
Project 1 Clean public play area
Project 2 Treehouse project
Need 4 people
Selle Valley Const. (tentative)
Panhandle Special Needs
Project 1(Paint exterior of main building)
Project 2 (Exterior clean up, landscaping)
Need 4-8 people
N. Idaho College Head Start
Educational mural on small storage building next to playground
Need 4-6 people
Bonner Co, History Museum
Organize museum storage/displays
Need 4 people
Bonner Homeless Transitions
Project 1 (Take playground equipment down)
Need 4-6 people
Project 2 (Fix exterior fence for safety and security)
Kaniksu Land Trust
Painting/handyman for move to new building to prep for grand opening
Need 4-6 people
SANDPOINT — Last year, United Way’s Day of Caring saw dozens of volunteers show up to help the group’s three projects in the community.
United Way board member Jack Dyck is hoping for similar support this year when the 2019 Day of Caring is held on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., as 13 projects throughout Bonner County have been identified. While some have already been adopted, others still need volunteers.
“I would like to recognize those who are committed to helping our nonprofits as well as put out the call for others to step up and help,” said Dyck in an email to the Daily Bee on Friday. “I need more help. We are only a week away (and a day) and I am hoping we can put out a call to get all of our projects done.
“So often I have found that people are more than willing to step up and help, they just don’t know how to make the connection to make it happen.”
The Day of Caring is a one-day event where volunteer teams from local businesses are matched up with local non-profits and schools to complete projects that fulfill their needs as well as those of the community. Often, the businesses arrange for employees to have time off to go to the non-profits site and complete the project.
One of United Way’s major events of the year, Dyck said the goal is to ensure the second Bonner County event is as successful as last year’s inaugural event. But for that to happen, more help is needed. Of the 13 projects, six have been matched up with businesses and another is a tentative.
Now in its 11th year, the event provides an opportunity for corporate teams, community groups, families, and individuals to experience and contribute to the essential work done by nonprofits on a daily basis.
The community’s nonprofit agencies benefit from concentrated human resources and outreach to new supporters.
However, you don’t need to be connected to a business to be a part of 2019’s Day of Caring — you just have to want to help others.
“In addition to businesses, we would welcome any individuals who have a heart for service and would like to help us complete one of these meaningful projects,” said Dyck.
United Way of North Idaho exists to improve lives in the community. UWNI does this by providing resources to programs that advance the education, health, financial stability and basic needs of people in the communities of North Idaho, Dyck said.
“In short, our mission is to improve the lives of the people in our community,” Dyck said of United Way. “We envision a community that works together to ensure children succeed in school, individuals live healthy lives and everyone has the opportunity to achieve financial well-being.”
Anyone interested — businesses, individuals or groups — should contact Jack Dyck at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-290-6840. Businesses can do the same and they can also go to unitedwayofnorthidaho.org/DoC-team-signup to sign up.
Caroline Lobsinger can be reached by email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @CarolDailyBee.