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Day of Action 2012


United Way Day of Action: Wednesday Sep. 12:
1,700 corporate volunteers will improve lives in Central Iowa

DES MOINES — Wednesday, Sept. 12 is United Way of Central Iowa’s annual Day of Action, one of our community’s biggest single days of volunteer service.

Teams of volunteers from  41 local companies will fan across the community, improving lives through their skilled service in 52 projects. Two signature projects for September 12 are:

1. United Way Read Learn Succeed
9 – 11 AM

Carver Elementary, 705 E University
Edmunds Elementary, 1601 Crocker St.
King Elementary, 1849 Forest Ave.
Lovejoy Elementary, 801 E Kenyon Dr.
Madison Elementary, 806 E. Hoffman St.
McKinley Elementary, 1610 SE 6th St.
Monroe Elementary, 2250 30th St.
Stowe Elementary, 1411 E. 33rd St.
Willard Elementary, 2941 Dean Avenue

605 volunteers will visit these nine Des Moines elementary schools for Read Learn Succeed. Volunteers will be paired with a third grader to read the book “Good Enough to Eat. "They also will help the student with a writing activity that will build their skills and confidence—and teach the importance of good nutrition to maintain their health.

2. Dressers for Kids
8 AM – Noon
Elwell Family Food Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds

Dressers for Kids volunteers assemble 300 Ikea® dressers to donate to FreeStore. FreeStore will ensure every child moving out of a domestic violence shelter in central Iowa has a dresser to call their own.  Watch this short video of a dresser being built.

Other Day of Action projects

Companies are asked to organize teams of four to 20 employees for Day of Action projects that can be completed in just a few hours. Here are a few examples of skilled volunteer service projects for September 12:

Tech Help
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Goodwill Industries
4900 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines

A team of Marsh employees will clean the hard drives refurbish computers donated to Goodwill, making sure they’re ready for resale or donation.

Girl Scouts STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
2:30 to 5:00 PM
Des Moines Water Works

Water Works scientists will demonstrate to the girls how water is purified and distributed to their homes.

Vision Screening
7:30 AM to noon
Prevent Blindness, Iowa

For locations, contact Jeanne Burmeister,
Volunteers from FBL and The Principal Financial Group will help administer vision screening for children in Des Moines’ lower-income neighborhoods.

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