One event happening in Edgemont, in relation to the Day of Caring Month, involves the YMCA facility where volunteers will be rearranging cardio and weight room equipment on Friday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
By Eric Harrold
EDGEMONT – Due to COVID-19, the United Way of the Black Hills has adjusted its traditional Day of Caring activities in an effort to protect the health of our community and respect CDC guidelines. While this year will be different than previous years of gathering, the mission remains the same: to unite the community through volunteerism and giving. Instead of one large day of gathering and volunteerism, United Way of the Black Hills (UWBH) is expanding the Day of Caring to a Month of Caring in September to allow flexibility for volunteers to complete projects.
The organization recommends project ideas that can be completed either individually or virtually. Those include virtually reading a kids book for a daycare, doing yard work for an elderly neighbor or community member, assembling care bags for a local shelter or food bank, picking up trash along neighborhood roads, virtually visiting nursing home residents or providing such residents with artwork that will enrich their lives and brighten the area in which they reside.
Traditionally, UWBH holds a kick-off event gathering at Crazy Horse Memorial for Day of Caring volunteers in the Southern Hills before dispersing to their project sites. In lieu of an in-person gathering, UWBH will be hosting a virtual Month of Caring kick-off event on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. MT. The event is free to attend and will be available to view live on the United Way of the Black Hills Facebook page, www.unitedwayblackhills.org/month-caring, or on NBC-NewsCenter1 TV.
The public can register to watch the virtual Kick-Off by visiting: www.unitedwayblackhills.org/month-caring . By registering in advance, people will receive reminders leading up to the event and will also enter their name to win one of the raffle prizes generously donated by area businesses. The virtual Month of Caring Kick-Off event will include music by the Brandon Jones Band, speakers from UWBH and guest speakers from the Month of Caring’s signature sponsors — NewsCenter1 Media Group, Black Hills Energy, Monument Health and Coeur Wharf.