Absolutely incredible doesn’t begin to describe the collective energy of 250 United Healthcare (UHC) volunteers who came together on Tuesday, Nov. 1 to assemble and decorate 45 Radio Flyer wagons that were donated to 18 nonprofit agencies in Austin, Texas.
Part of a service project held alongside their annual conference, the project began when UHC reached out to Hands On Central Texas (HOCT), the local affiliate of HandsOn, with one simple request: to host a project that benefited the health and wellbeing of young children in Central Texas. That’s just what they did by coming together to deck out wagons in animal, bug, rock star, racecar and super hero themes. United Way Capital Area partnered with Theatre Action Project who created the various themes, helped to coordinate the supplies and provided expert volunteers to assist in the design aspect of the wagons.
Among other uses, the wagons will transport children to and from the hospital during surgery or treatment, no doubt providing a little joy to children and parents struggling through a tough time. The wagons will also be used as toys on playgrounds of nonprofits who serve low-income children and families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas representatives were present to thank the volunteers personally. “Our families loved the wagons!” said Missy Strittmatter, Events Coordinator, Ronald McDonald House of Austin. “This support brightened the day for children facing pediatric medical crises.”
Through projects like these, HOCT brings together dedicated volunteers and companies like United Healthcare to support the needs of local nonprofits. HOCT provides volunteers with a high-quality experience that fuels further action and inspires individuals to stay involved in their community. Corporate partners like United Healthcare help HOCT drive change in our community and word towards a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to change lives through service.
Well done United Healthcare. Well done.