Hey there! My name is Caitlin and I just started at United Way of Southeastern Connecticut last week as a Loaned Employee sponsored by Mohegan Sun. So far, I’ve had a great time learning about the impact of United Way in our community and getting to know the enthusiastic and friendly staff! The office has been busy with all sorts of meetings, events, and visitors, but there’s one project that has really been on my mind.
As I continue my work here at United Way, I have realized how important having a strong support system is. I used to believe support only made a difference if it was monetary. However, that is not the case. In fact, there are many ways an individual can support a cause, an operation, an organization, or even a person. Here are my top five ways to easily support United Way of Southeastern Connecticut:
Whether you are finishing up a semester in college, beginning a new career, or waiting for the new school year to start, you can become a volunteer this summer. Here are my top five reasons why volunteering this summer is well worth your time.
Many people volunteer because they say it makes them feel good. Well now there’s some evidence to show that it truly does improve people’s health and well-being to spend time giving back to a good cause.
UnitedHealth Group recently conducted a national study and found that the majority of participants reported feeling healthier after a volunteer experience. In addition to reports of improved self-esteem and sense of purpose in life:
Curling up to sleep at night in my nice, safe bed is one of my favorite things to do. When I found out one of our partner agencies needs cribs that are up to code for some families that do not have a place for their babies to sleep, I felt compelled to help. After checking the codes, I cleaned off one that has been stored for the past 2 years, since my daughter had outgrown it. I am looking forward to tomorrow when a team will deliver it.
On Sunday, May 18th United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will be hosting the second annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger at Chelsea Parade Field in Norwich.