Each year EPA Region 7 staff come together to make a valuable impact in the community. This special day is known as “Day of Caring.” This year marked the 19th annual Day of Caring which took place on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Our volunteer team consisted of 17 people including staff, spouses and kids.
Coordinated by the Heart of America United Way and the Heartland Combined Federal Campaign, Day of Caring is a community-wide service event that connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations to address social needs through special projects or events in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
EPA Region 7 has supported and participated in Day of Caring since the very beginning. Each year, our staff look forward to spending a day together outside of the office, in the community, cleaning, painting, gardening, and helping with other projects at nonprofit organizations. At the end of the day, it always feels great giving of ourselves to these organizations that make huge impacts in the communities that we live in and serve.
The EPA Region 7 team volunteered for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at their Central Avenue facility in Kansas City, Kansas. On the surface, we knew of some of the services and programs that Catholic Charities provided. But, we learned so much more about the organization and their impact in the community, helping families and individuals in need, and their extensive programs to help refugees. The EPA Region 7 volunteer team worked on five projects.
Bagging Canned Goods for Distribution
Restocking the Food Pantry
Catholic Charities has a food pantry where families and individuals in need can “shop” for grocery and personal items. Volunteers restocked the shelves in the food pantry with donated items.
Organizing the Clothing Closet
Catholic Charities has a clothing closet where families and individuals in need can “shop” for clothing, shoes and other items. Volunteers helped to sort and hang up clothes and organize the closet.
Beautification of the Garden
The Catholic Charities Central Avenue location has a beautiful garden and picnic area. Volunteers helped to weed, clean up and plant flowers and shrubbery.
Volunteers helped to clean up around the parking area by weeding and raking leaves and debris.