Taking part in the 6th annual Day of Caring hosted by United Way Newfoundland and Labrador on June 9, NATIONAL’s St. John’s team spent the morning out of the office to give back to the community. The event connected over 130 volunteers with 15 local non-profit organizations to help them with tasks that organizations may not have the resources to complete.
NATIONAL’s Brittany MacIsaac, Stephanie Symynuk and Michelle Cannizzaro were assigned to Bowering Park, a picturesque area of the city complete with duck ponds, walking trails and a bungalow for hosting events. Despite forecasts for rain, the sky was clear and our team joined several other volunteers from local organizations to clean up a portion of the South Brook Trail.
“The park is beautifully maintained by the municipality, but the trail just needed some extra TLC,” said Michelle. “I live close by and come here frequently for evening walks with my dog, and it was great to do something in return for the beauty we get to experience here. The St. John’s team is eager to do more work in the community and become involved in similar projects. There’s a rewarding and feel-good aspect when you take time to help others.”
About United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador
Since its inception, United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador has grown from an idea to a reality. Established as United Way of Avalon in 2004, it quickly evolved into a provincial organization by 2009. With a steady increase of funds – raising nearly $1.2 million during its 2015 Workplace Campaign – United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador is not only the youngest branch of United Way in Canada, but also the fastest growing.