United Way of the Lakeshore’s Day of Caring is Back with 17 Sites of Service


MUSKEGON, MI – United Way of the Lakeshore is pleased to announce that the 29-year tradition of Day of Caring will serve as the kick-off of our 104th Annual Campaign of Caring.  Each fall we celebrate community by giving back time and treasure to the communities we call home.  As in past years, the Day of Caring brings hundreds of volunteers from throughout our local region to work on service projects to assist local veterans and to build thriving communities.  We will gather in downtown Muskegon at United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 East Clay Avenue on Friday, September 9th, 2022 at 8am for a brief program, registration and pancake breakfast served by the Muskegon Lions Club. 

This year United Way is again honoring our Veterans with over 10 homes on the list for support. School supplies collected from our partner companies and organizations are being sorted and taken to our schools to support the teachers with children’s needs.  In addition, trees will be planted to support the environment by our youth, and two area park projects will be worked on as well.   There are also two projects to support our adult foster care programs.  Volunteers will be paying tribute to the greatest heroes in our community, our veterans, by hosting work projects at area veteran homes.    

Another project called “Veteran’s History Project” will be taking place with the community’s senior volunteers & AmeriCorps Seniors. Volunteers will be recording Veteran Stories via video and helping veterans fill out the paperwork for their stories to be submitted to the Library of Congress. This will be the first of a series of opportunities to interview our veterans. Our next large interviewing day will take place on Veterans Day in November.  

“I believe our time, talent, and treasure are a worthwhile investment for our community.  As a longtime United Way volunteer, I’ve seen the positive changes in the community through the work of United Way working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our region,” shared Jack Russell, President of Rolar Products and 2022-23 Campaign Chair.  “No matter the crisis, United Way has always remained steadfast to LIVE UNITED and take care of our community.  Please join us.”  We also would like to thank Cannon Muskegon for their gracious support as our lead sponsor and Consumers Energy. Without them, we would not be able to have the materials needed to make this possible.” 

United Way of the Lakeshore is looking for more organizations to get involved in making a difference throughout the year.  If you are interested in volunteering or looking for more information about the different volunteer sites please visit https://www.unitedwaylakeshore.org/day-caring or contact Dominique Bunker at dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org or call 231-332-4006. 

United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4047 or visit www.unitedwaylakeshore.org