United Way Day of Action
Citizens and local businesses from all across the Gulf Coast teamed up with area organizations to do acts of service and volunteering.
Acts of service were on display throughout the Gulf Coast as part of a nationwide service event. United Way official Leanna Saucier said, “It is a great day to get out in your community, serve your community, learn more about your community and what the needs are, so yes, all over the country people are participating today.”
The United Way of South Mississippi and local residents teamed up to lend a helping hand at four locations throughout Gulfport and Biloxi for the National United Way ‘Day of Action.’
During the day, local businesses partnered with local organizations to do volunteer work. For example, Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino planted and did landscaping work at the Back Bay Mission in Biloxi. The Day of Action also allowed employees from area businesses to take time out of their busy lives and give back to the community. “So, when a community member participates in the Day of Action, they actually get to see firsthand what the problems are, they get to help, and that definitely makes an impact on them personally.”
Coast Electric employee Tyler Green said, “I’ve walked dogs, helped out in the thrift shop in the back. They do have stuff for sale that helps keep the Humane Society running, putting treats together, and things like that.”
Members of the participating local organizations were thankful for the extra help. Back Bay Mission Construction Manager Craig Steenkamp said, “What they came out to do for us today was huge because we need to stay presentable on this campus.”
Volunteers stated the importance of taking the time to give back to the community. “One of our seven cooperative principles is concern for our community and it’s a blessing to be able to work for Coast Electric and be able to have our time to come out here and just do our part.”