Global Volunteer Day is Monday, Oct. 3 for the 17th anniversary of this opportunity for people to contribute to their communities. It promises to be a beautiful day, whether volunteers are out helping the elderly clean up their yards, picking up trash along highways and in parks, or volunteering for organizations indoors, there are many charitable service organizations in Wichita that can use volunteers for a couple of hours.
Prudential Dining Beard Realtors engage in several volunteer projects during the year, but on Global Volunteer Day, they unite with 25,000 people in 10 countries as part of the Prudential company and the Prudential Cares program.
Typically, the agency engages in volunteer work with schools and the Kansas Food Bank and volunteers will be at these and other Wichita charitable organizations on Monday. Everyone in the office participates and the real estate office will be closed to be out in the community.
This year, a group will be helping Rex Elementary school in Haysville, KS with a landscaping project. Students at the school will get to participate as well, learning about volunteerism and at the end of the day, having accomplished a project that they can take pride in.
Mona Stein, the project leader for the Wichita area, noted that each year, the agency meets with Communities in Schools to select the school with which they will work. “It’s always fun for us to work with the kids and their enthusiasm,” said Shachar Sharon, who is helping to coordinate the volunteer projects for the Wichtia office.
Other projects that the office will be involved in from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. include:
- Delivering Meals on Wheels for Senior Services of Wichita over lunch time
- Preparing packages of food for the weekend for children who are food insecure at home at the Kansas Food Bank
- Returning to Colvin Elementary School to assemble the Halloween treat bags for the students
- Helping with outdoor clean up at Higher Ground, a substance abuse treatment provider in downtown Wichita
- Serving the evening meal at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter in Newton, KS
Companies across the globe are closing their place of business to allow their employees to be involved in community projects.
Internationally, some of the Prudential projects will include helping with the continued clean up after the earthquake in Japan and assisting at USOs serving U.S. men and women in the armed services. The Prudential Foundation is allocating $110,000 to 110 partnering organizations for the 2011.
If you’d like to participate but aren’t sure where to help, call the United Way of the Plains volunteer line at 211 or visit the United Way of the Plains Volunteer Center.
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