show they care
More than 90 U.Va. departments participated
in Day of Caring
Photo by Matt Kelly
Services employee Susan Bonczar (center) dances with
Carolyn Strickland (right), while U.Va. volunteer
Tina Brice (behind left) dances with William Carr at a dance
hosted by JABA as part of Day of Caring events.
By Matt Kelly
mattocks, wielding paintbrushes and dancing, they sought
to make a
About 720 U.Va. employees, that is.
These orange-clad volunteers painted buildings, cleared
trails, read to children and provided pedicures to
senior citizens on Sept. 22 as part of the United Way’s
Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring.
| Development Office employee Claire Leggett prepares the
porch at FOCUS for painting.
“U.Va.’s participation in the Day of Caring this year is significantly greater
than last year when 379 employees participated, working on 47 projects,” said
Ida Lee Wootten, director of community relations. “The number of volunteers
who came out to help this year shows the breadth of community spirit that resides
within the U.Va. workforce.”
More than 90 departments participated, providing in excess
of 70,000 hours of labor, valued by the United
Way at more than $80,000.
While many new projects were added, some teams returned
to familiar venues.
“It’s like we own it,” said Sheri States, whose volunteers from University
Housing returned to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic on Millmont Street. “We’ve
got a relationship that is very important.”
Her crew cleaned the parking area,
swept dirt, cleared debris
from the shrubbery, repaired
the ramp and power washed the
“It’s a lot of fun, and you can learn from it,” said Margaret Ragland,
who works for Housing.
Their contribution “is invaluable,” said Janet C. Ewert, production
director for RFBD. “They are doing work that agencies put off because they
would be expensive to have the work done and money is tight.”
This is the second year Housing has adopted RFBD, and
Ewert hopes they can come back in the future. “I would be happy to have them back,” she said,
praising them for their diligence.
thought it was a good cause, and I wanted to make a
difference in the community,” said
University Development employee Claire Leggett, as she scraped paint from a front
porch pillar at FOCUS, A Women’s Resource Center on Grady Avenue. “I
love community service, and I did a lot of it growing up around here. It is great
to use our abilities and resources to help other people.”
The paint-scraping crew was “lots of fun and helpful,” said Becky
Weybright, executive director of FOCUS, who also praised a second crew that took
stuff to the dump and the recycling center. “That isn’t always the
nicest job. They can all come back anytime.”
is something different,” said Alton Morris, who works for Facilities
Management Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. “It gives you a chance
to get out and … meet people from the community.” He and several
co-workers dismantled old playground equipment at Westminster Child Care Center
on Rugby Road.
was nice to be part of something that made somebody’s day,” said
Anna E. Rugo, of the Web Communications Office, who gave manicures to residents
at Morningside Assisted Living in Charlottesville. “They were so happy
and so appreciative. I was glad to be a part of it.”