Blog Post - Oct 25, 2021
Live Engaged Volunteer Day 2021
Our Dairyland team started Live Engaged Volunteer Day with the goal of cultivating a network of people, striving to make a difference in their communities. We know that we are stronger when we work together, and collectively we can make the world a better place.
We also know the following to be true:
- Needs exist in every one of our communities
- We all want to have an impact and be part of something larger than ourselves
- Sometimes we just need a push to get started
We began to wonder what could be possible if an entire industry (and beyond) showed up for their communities. This fall provided a strong glimpse of exactly that.
The Week in Review
During the week of October 4-9, an army of volunteers showed up across North America to use their time and abilities for good. On Monday, a group prepared pallets of fresh food that would subsequently serve 600 families in the coming days. On Tuesday, a team of 19 individuals cleaned up trash along Lake Superior. Wednesday saw heaping tubs of non-perishable and monetary donations for the homeless given by exhibitors and attendees of the AMPP Eastern Area Conference. Thursday brought folks together to pound nails and build homes, and on Friday friends pitched in to equip a nonprofit camp for people with disabilities. These are only a few of the examples flowing in from the week of generosity.
“I loved going through this week knowing there were people all over who were showing up to volunteer – and how many more would benefit because of it. Seeing the stories and photos flow in filled me with joy and hope. There’s something powerful and almost indescribable that happens when we give ourselves to elevate others – especially knowing we aren’t alone.”
“I haven’t felt that fulfilled in a very long time and I wish I could spend a portion of every week doing something like this.”
“The Habitat build was great. It was fun having a bit larger crew there. We had a perfect weather day and clear progress was seen as we started the day with open pits/basements and left with first floor joists in place. Very fun.”
To All Who Participated, Thank You!
We appreciate that you took time out of your busy lives to give back to others and strengthen your local community. If you missed Volunteer Day 2021, we hope you will consider joining us next year. But don’t wait. Meeting the needs of our community requires a year-round effort – here are some ideas to get you started.