For 15 years Chesapeake Bank has been serving as a premier sponsor to the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Day of Caring. A national initiative conducted at the local level through United Way chapters, Day of Caring encourages people to get off their feet, put on their gloves and get to work serving their community through volunteering at various project sites in their area.
A strong supporter of volunteerism within our organization and our communities, several members of Chesapeake Bank’s staff will be out during the Day of Caring. Denise Kent, executive assistant with the bank is just one of the volunteers with the United Way. “[Volunteering] gives you a different perspective on life. You see the world differently and helping people out is something that can help our community become better.”
Marshall Warner, executive vice president of Chesapeake Bank has been working with the United Way and its Day of Caring for years, and while projects and volunteers have come and gone, his enthusiasm about the day hasn’t faltered.
“We’ll have a thousand volunteers this year who will go out on the Day of Caring, and through the years, I’ve seen hundreds of projects. It’s just so gratifying,” said Warner. “It’s hard to describe the satisfaction that you will get as a person once you come out and get involved in the Day of Caring.”
Some of the projects volunteers will be working on this year include landscaping for senior citizens identified through Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels, completing grounds maintenance for Avalon (a local shelter that supports abused women and their children) and repairing and mulching the playground at Child Development Resources (a nonprofit agency that helps babies and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays).
To learn more about the Day of Caring and other volunteer opportunities with the United Way of Greater Williamsburg, go to the website, www.uwgw.org.