Volunteers Showed Off Their Superpowers on Day of Caring

September 19, 2019

Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers striking a pose at the Day of Caring lunch.

Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers striking a pose at the Day of Caring lunch.

Power outages, rain, and standing water couldn’t stop volunteers from hitting the streets – and parks and schools and thrift stores – on Day of Caring!

On Friday, September 13, more than 800 volunteers – ahem, superheroes – took part in Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Day of Caring, sponsored by Wolverine Worldwide. These volunteers came from 35 different companies and organizations, the highest number in our 20-plus-year Day of Caring History. They took on projects at 49 sites from Middleville to Kent City.

Wolverine Worldwide volunteers building a boardwalk at Howard Christensen Nature Center.

Wolverine Worldwide volunteers building a boardwalk at Howard Christensen Nature Center.

Volunteers from PriceWalgren and Macatawa Bank painted preschool classrooms at Steepletown Neighborhood Services. Teams from no less than five companies – Bissell, Cascade Engineering, Mercantile Bank, PNC Bank, and Warner Norcross + Judd – prepped meals and wrote birthday cards for seniors at Meals on Wheels Western Michigan. A crew from Amway built beds for foster kids at Bethany Christian Services, while handy teams from Century A&E, Steelcase, and Wolverine Worldwide constructed playground equipment and repaired a boardwalk at Howard Christensen Nature Center.

This quote from Bruce at Howard Christensen says it all:

“The United Way Day of Caring has been wonderful for us. We run on just a very small volunteer staff, so to have all these people come out and work for us is just wonderful. It means a huge amount to us. Thank you so much.”

To discover your inner superhero, take our Volunteering Superpower Quiz.

Volunteer from Dematic getting into character at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

Volunteer from Dematic getting into character at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

Participating Companies:

ACSET/West Michigan Works!
AHC Hospitality
Amway
ARGI
Autodie
Behler-Young
BISSELL
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
C3 Technology Advisors
Cascade Engineering
Century A&E
Commerce Bank
Consumers Energy
Dematic
DTE Energy
Eversight Labs
Fifth Third Bank
G&T Industries, Inc.
Gordon Food Service
JX Truck Center
Kellogg's
Macatawa Bank
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Mercy Health / Trinity Health
North American Fuel Systems
PNC Bank
PriceWalgren
Ranir, LLC
Spectrum Health
Steelcase
Steepletown Neighborhood Services
US Probation
Warner Norcross + Judd
Wolverine Worldwide

See more photos! Check out our Day of Caring 2019 Facebook Album.