United Way Coordinates Day of Action

Each June, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action. Weather permitting, 16 different projects will be completed. Shelby County United Way supporting companies have adopted projects and are allowing employees to volunteer. Almost all projects will be completed during the week of June 19th with the exception of two projects that will take place June 14th and June 17th. Participating companies are Emerson Climate Technologies, Honda, Cargill, Wilson Health, US Bank, P.O.W.E.R., Shelby County United Way’s Women’s Initiative, Mutual Federal Savings Bank, Choice One Engineering, Peerless, Lochard, Edgewell (formerly Energizer Playtex), City of Sidney, and Shreves Construction.

A total of 16 projects are planned. Emerson Climate Technologies is completing a large project at the Sidney Theater. In May they demolished the dressing rooms in the lower level. During the week of June 19th, they will hang drywall and paint to complete 2 large new dressing rooms. Last year they completed projects at the Alpha Community Center and Clear Creek Farms.  Other projects during the week include painting multiple City of Sidney Park shelter houses, picnic tables, and playground equipment, mulching and landscaping at multiple locations, building a new playground set at the domestic violence shelter, staining the ramp at the Historical Society, and interior painting and window washing.

Scott Barr, Executive Director of the Shelby County United Way, states “We have companies throughout the year that give back and complete service projects and we want that to continue. Last year I was contacted by Bryan Thompson at Emerson Climate Technologies about conducting a United Way Day of Action in Shelby County. We felt we could help coordinate and facilitate the completion of many more projects during the national Day of Action. We decided to conduct it during the entire week giving companies options to coordinate employee schedules. We also felt the impact should be open to all non-profit, civic, and government entities, not just United Way Partner Agencies. The projects scheduled reflect that. With the support of the board, we began to move forward. Volunteers will be provided the Live United volunteer shirts. With the success of the first year, we anticipate more organizations submitting projects and more companies wanting to participate.” For more information, contact Scott Barr at 492-2101 or sbarr@shelbycountyunitedway.org.