EMU volunteers continue tradition with Day of Caring Sept. 14
YPSILANTI – Green and white may be Eastern Michigan University’s colors, but this year yellow and red will identify its volunteers.
EMU faculty, staff and students will be wearing bright yellow T-shirts Tuesday, Sept. 14, for the 10th Annual Washtenaw United Way Day of Caring. Workers will begin with a 7 a.m. complimentary breakfast at EMU’s Convocation Center.
“Day of Caring allows our faculty, staff and students the chance to give back to the community and it shows our dedication to partnering with the community,” said Cathy Lower, EMU chair for the event.
About 200 EMU volunteers will work throughout Washtenaw County to help local agencies with painting, cleaning, sorting, packaging, landscaping, building fences and delivering furniture. These are projects the agencies don’t have the resources to do themselves, said Lower.
“It’s a great community effort and networking situation. I go to the Convocation Center (breakfast) and feed off of the positive energy,” said Eric Ward, EMU employee wellness program coordinator, who resides in Dearborn and is volunteering for the second year.
“It’s all about working in the community and making it a better place (in which) to live. It’s taking the extra time and effort to care about a place that provides me with a living,” said Joe Hickey, EMU coordinator construction projects – housing, who has volunteered for the last three years. Hickey resides in Lathrup Village.
D. C. Rouseau, manager of EMU’s computer store operations, has marked the day on his calendar for the last 10 years. He has cleaned up warehouses, delivered stoves and, this year, is working with EMU physical plant volunteers clearing trails at Sharon Hills Preserve.
“I volunteer to take a day and work with other groups of people at EMU who I would never get to work with otherwise,” said Rouseau, of Detroit, “It’s a very worthwhile day.”
Included among the 15 sites slated for volunteer help are Food Gatherers, Friends In Deed, Michigan Ability Partners, Parents Together and Domestic Violence Project, Inc./Safe House.
For additional information, contact Lower at 734.487.3122 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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