Volunteers from the Davis Chinese Christian Church and Pole Line Baptist Church in Davis help repair fencing at the Yolo Community Care Continuum’s Farmhouse residential treatment program in Davis as part of a volunteer project in 2012. Courtesy photo

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United Way’s Day of Caring comes to Yolo County

By From page A5 | September 05, 2013

As many as 30 volunteers will descend on Davis and Woodland on Friday, Sept. 13, as part of United Way California Capital Region’s Day of Caring.

The volunteer extravaganza sponsored by Nationwide will include 350 volunteers and 26 projects across the region to celebrate United Way’s 90th anniversary, kick off the fall fundraising campaign and help United Way reach its goal of completing 90 volunteer projects in 2013.

Local residents can spend one day caring for the Yolo community by signing up for one of two Day of Caring projects taking place in the area:

* Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County provides 24-hour telephone crisis services for teens and adults, a school-based prevention program, after-hours psychiatric emergency assessments and survivor support groups. On Sept. 13, this nonprofit needs help transforming a small office space on Picasso Avenue in Davis into a kitchen for crisis line volunteers to prepare and store their meals while they are working.

“Day of Caring will provide a functional kitchen space for more than 35 of our crisis line volunteers,” said Diane Sommers, executive director. “These dedicated individuals respond to crisis line calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from people who are experiencing serious life issues and need a confidential and caring listener to help alleviate their stress.

“The project gives us the opportunity to give back to these individuals who give so much to our community.”

* Yolo Community Care Continuum provides an array of programs for very low-income adults with mental illness so they can live as productively as possible in their community. Volunteers are needed on Day of Caring to help with painting, mowing, weeding and trimming trees and bushes at two sites in Davis and Woodland.

“United Way and its volunteers provide vital and essential support to our mission,” said Michele Kellogg, YCCC’s executive director. “The efforts of United Way enable us to meet the needs of those struggling with serious mental health issues by enhancing the physical environments of our programs.”

United Way’s Day of Caring will start at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and rally at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Volunteer projects will begin at 10 a.m. To sign up, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/dayofcaring.

“We’re excited to watch companies, volunteers and nonprofits come together for an amazing day transforming our community through volunteer projects,” said Victoria Kosha, interim United Way president and CEO. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 90 years of service in this community than to keep doing what we do best — joining hands with people across the region to make sure everyone has the building blocks for a good life.”

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