Employees Act Out by Giving to United Way
By Pat Phalen
Executive Vice President, NMLS #662901
This marks United Way’s fifth year of hosting Days of Action and INB’s fifth year of participating in these days of doing hard work for service agencies in our community. United Way holds the events in the spring and fall, at least a dozen of our 200 employees show up each time to do whatever they’re asked to help with. Each project has shown us the importance of being in the trenches when it comes to community service. And each event has brought the INB team closer together after an afternoon of shared experience. Even the tales of poison ivy and heating pads hasn’t stopped the generous spirit of the people I work with every day.
Below is a summary of the projects we’ve taken on.
Senior Service Center – Landscaping clean up, painted picnic tables and benches, detailed the inside of vehicles and wiped down indoor chairs
Youth Service Bureau – Landscaping clean up, shampooed carpets, vacuumed, painted bathroom and shower facilities
Girl Scouts – Assembled packets for Girl Scout Day at the Capitol
Lutheran Child and Family Services & Habitat for Humanity new home site – We were split into two teams. One group cleaned and sanitized family meeting rooms that had toys and activities, scrubbed floors and vacuumed, washed windows. The other worked at a Habitat home. We installed soffit panels and trim on the outside of the home, did yard cleanup with and spread dirt.
Family Service Center – Outdoor building maintenance: scrapped old paint from windows and scrubbed and cleaned windows to prepare for their new paint job
SPARC & UCP homes – Cleaned and organized garages at the homes, painted rooms and bathrooms
SPARC – outdoor cleanup, washed windows and trim
Springfield Housing Authority neighborhood cleanup – landscaping and yard cleanup, removed dead plants, raked, trimmed, cut down volunteer trees, trimmed fence lines, leaf pickup and more
Salvation Army on 9th Street – landscaping and cleanup, planted new plants in flower beds, mulched areas
YMCA campgrounds at Lake Springfield – outdoor trail cleanup, painted picnic tables and benches, cleaned up all-purpose room and decorated for their Halloween thank you bash for camp staff and campers
2015 – Henson Robinson Zoo – We’ve been directed to bring rakes and gloves!
Photos coming soon.