Families demonstrate the power of “Living United”

Approximately 60 volunteers made up of parents, children, grandparents and friends came together to volunteer their time at Wesley School during United Way Capital Area and Hands On Central Texas “Family Day of Service” held on Saturday, November 22, 2008.

The Child Care Facility Improvement Project managed by United Way Capital Area Success By 6 Program, helped enhance the quality of Wesley School who serves seventy-two children ages 5 weeks to after-schoolers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

The volunteers cleaned and painted classrooms,

constructed a tricycle path,

constructed a playground area including installing landscape timbers, filling sandboxes and tearing down old playground equipment.

The event kicked-off with a continental breakfast and a brief program. The speakers included Laura Smith, Director of Wesley School and Rochelle Carlin, Wesley School Board President; David Balch, President of United Way Capital Area, and Police Officers Roman Lopez and Jimmy Diaz of the City of Austin Police Department who talked about crime prevention and neighborhood safety awareness.

The Police Officers showcased the newest squad car to the children explaining what the police do and how to stay safe. The children sat in the car with the lights and sirens going and were given sticker badges to remember their day.

We would like to express very special thanks to the “SHW Group” who did a fantastic job in constructing the playground area, Bonner Brown who managed all of the activities throughout the day, and to Wesley School for partnering with United Way Capital Area for “Family Day of Service”

Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated to make “Family Day of Service” a success!

And a special thank you to our sponsors: HEB, Randalls, Wal-Mart and Dal-Tile.

Please share your volunteer experience by posting a comment!

Thank You,
Diana Santos
Corporate and Volunteer Relations, Director

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