Chairman’s Message



October 2017

We know that volunteering to serve others is a blessing to those who receive your time and compassion. But what about the volunteer? It has been determined that there are also benefits to the person sharing his or her time with others.

Studies have discovered that the people who give their time away feel more capable, confident and useful. Volunteering also may keep you healthier, lowering rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Researchers also found that the more people served others, the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy and can make you feel good.

And, importantly, volunteering sets a good example for children. When kids see their parents and other adults giving of themselves to those who need assistance, they are more likely to do the same.

United Way celebrated its annual Days of Caring with our nonprofit partners in late September with projects continuing into October. Hundreds of volunteers participated in various projects around the city, helping with landscaping, food service and meal delivery, children’s art projects, and more.

Volunteers came together. Some teams worked indoors with agency clients while others worked outdoors to improve our agencies and neighborhoods.

All teams worked together as the heart of our community. Thank you to everyone who participated.


Rick Cavender

2017 Chairman, United Way Board of Trustees

President, Cavender Audi


Past Messages:

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017