"This volunteer experience is an important part of the students’ education,” said the local United Way’s vice president of volunteer engagement, Shannon LaHaie. “They are learning the importance of giving back and making a difference in their community. It is also an opportunity to build a sense of teamwork with each other, build self-esteem and have fun.”
On Friday, May 4, nearly 500 students from Lakeshore Middle School will volunteer at more than 25 local non-profit organizations and parks as part of their Junior Day of Caring. They will help out with tasks such as spring cleaning and landscaping, giving middle school tours, and spending time with senior citizens.
Support for the Junior Day of Caring student transportation was provided by a grant from the Friends of Ottawa County Parks.
To learn more about volunteering, visit www.OttawaUnitedWay.org and click on the “Volunteer” button, or call 616-396-7811.