The annual United Way of Morgan County Day of Caring has come and gone and with it brings the question, “Is one Day of Caring enough?” The answer is, quite simply, no. And because the answer is ‘no’, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama is committed to reducing or eliminating the causes and consequences of poverty for families and communities 365 days a year.
Each year The Partnership joins hundreds of other volunteers across Morgan County (AL) on the Day of Caring to help serve non-profits in their community. From painting the walls of the local free clinic to performing outdoor maintenance at an outreach center, volunteers help fill the gaps that non-profits experience with limited funds and staffing. The event kicks off the annual United Way of Morgan County (UWMCAL) fundraising campaign that will provide desperately needing funding for non-profits across Morgan County.
This year, The Partnership’s Director of Senior Programs Tamisha Sales organized a Read-A-Thon at a local elementary school. The purpose of the project was to bring awareness to the importance of literacy and the impact of volunteering. Volunteers from Decatur Police Department joined Partnership staff and read to nearly 400 students in first-, second-, and third-grade classrooms.
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is just one of many local non-profit programs that receive funding from United Way of Morgan County. Through the FGP, local seniors serve in area schools to provide support for students in need of extra academic or social/emotional help.
Other Partnership programs receiving United Way funding are the Senior Companion Program and Meals on Wheels & More (MOW&M). Unlike other Meals on Wheels programs across the country, The Partnership’s MOW&M program received no federal funding. Therefore, funds provided by UWMCAL are vital to its existence and ability to serve local elderly and disabled residents in Morgan County.
The 2018 Day of Caring extended beyond the Read-A-Thon by soliciting personal care product donations. Director of Community Services Cindy Anderson delivered a box of hundreds of products to Director of Ministries Denise Jones of Tennessee Valley Outreach for their customers in need.
The 2018 United Way Day of Caring is in the books and the fundraising campaign has begun. But the caring nature of The Partnership and the community continues. For those in the non-profit world, every day is a day of caring. It is in the DNA of non-profits across the country and world. As a Community Action agency The Partnership subscribes to the Community Action Promise that states:
So, simply put, one day of caring is not enough. And that is why we continue serving our communities along with strong partners like United Way of Morgan County each and every day.