Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Volunteers Support Education in Middletown on Middlesex United Way Days of Caring

Middlesex United Way’s annual Days of Caring are being held the first two weeks of October, and teams of employees from several companies are volunteering to support education in Middletown.

Middlesex United Way Day of Caring is an annual event that matches groups of volunteers from local companies with meaningful volunteer projects that advance the common good. Middlesex United Way’s focus areas are education, income, health, and housing; this year, Day of Caring projects support education by connecting companies to local schools.

Middlesex Hospital employees volunteered at Macdonough School, where they walked students to school, participated in a school-wide assembly, and did literacy and art projects with students. At Snow School, Liberty Bank employees talked with students about their careers, helped students with an art project depicting their career goals, and made a mural using the students’ artwork. At Bielefield School, employees from Brown & Brown of CT, TD Bank and Russell Library read to students and helped them make bookmarks, some of which were donated to the Russell Library. In addition, Wesleyan University employees will be volunteering for an upcoming project at Farm Hill School.

Over several days, teams are volunteering at nine schools in six Middlesex County towns. Volunteers are doing storytelling, reading, and activities with children in the classroom; speaking about their careers; and improving the learning environment for children through gardening, mural, and other beautification projects.

Teams of volunteers from local companies donate their time to these volunteer projects. Participating companies include ATD Wireless Zone, Brown & Brown of CT, Carlson & Dumeer LLC, Citizen’s Bank, Clean Choice Commercial Cleaning LLC, GKN Aerospace Services Structures Corp, Liberty Bank, Middlesex Hospital, Rolls Royce Naval Marine, Inc, Russell Library, TD Bank, Tower Laboratories LTD, and Wesleyan University.

Middlesex United Way is a locally based organization dedicated to strengthening lives, helping people, and improving community conditions in the fifteen towns in Middlesex County. To learn more, visit middlesexunitedway.org or facebook.com/middlesexunitedway.

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