United Way is looking for Caring Month projects and volunteers | Local

Journal Staff Tanya Manus

United Way of the Black Hills is looking for more projects – especially in the North and South Hills – and volunteers for Caring Month 2022.

The annual Month of Caring, which begins September 1, mobilizes teams of volunteers to tackle projects such as painting, landscaping, sorting donated food and more. The projects benefit seniors, veterans, and nonprofits in Black Hills communities.

Volunteer teams and those needing help with projects are encouraged to contact United Way of the Black Hills by August 19 so that United Way staff have time to coordinate and assign teams and projects. , according to executive director Jamie Toennies.

“We have teams signing up and we have projects coming in. We need a handful of additional projects. We try to get the message out that if people have potential projects to reach out to,” Toennies said.

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“We’re always looking for projects that a team of (about) eight people can complete in an afternoon,” she said. “It’s for the Black Hills as a whole, so we’re looking for projects everywhere.”

Projects cannot involve construction, electrical repairs or other work requiring licensed professionals.

In the North and South Hills, there are more volunteers than registered Caring Month projects. Individuals or nonprofit organizations with possible projects, interested in volunteering, or interested in attending the Caring Month Kick-Off Luncheon should contact Rosellen Reese at 605-343-5872 or go to unitedwayblackhills.org/month-caring.

As of Friday, 69 teams and 64 projects were registered for Caring Canadian Month, Toennies said.

Caring Canadian Month begins with a kick-off luncheon at 11 a.m. on September 1 at the Monument, and Caring Canadian Month continues through September 30.

In 2021, 620 volunteers participated in Caring Canadian Month and completed 79 projects, which had a total economic impact of $70,779 in the Black Hills.

United Way of the Black Hills has expanded its former Caring Day to Caring Month, which has been a benefit as businesses grappled with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing issues.

“We don’t have as many teams as we used to, but at the same time everyone loves Caring Away Month because it gives them flexibility so they can make it work even with (being) short-handed,” Toennies said. “Last year, I heard how many teams were able to take on a few projects thanks to Caring Month.”

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