BATON ROUGE, LA (June 28, 2013) – Dozens of volunteers from across the community teamed up Friday, June 21 to beautify Istrouma High School as part of the sixth annual, nationwide United Way Day of Action. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the day-long event included hands-on projects, health screenings, a community resource fair, distribution of book sacks and books by Capital Area United Way, and kid-friendly activities.
More than 150 volunteers from local companies, including ExxonMobil, Entergy, Criterion Catalyst, and Enterprise Rentals, tackled several projects around the school in the morning, such as painting and cleaning the cafeteria and parts of the gym. Others constructed picnic tables and refurbished poles and railings around the campus.
The afternoon consisted of hundreds of community members who attended a resource fair and took advantage of the free food and information offered by several collaborative partners and partner agencies of Capital Area United Way. Also offered were health and audiology screenings, HIV testing and life enrichment & financial classes.
Capital Area United Way, along with community partners, was able to provide the foll0wing on the United Way Day of Action:
- 150 volunteers participated for a total of 752 volunteer hours
- More than 400 people in attendance
- 37 agencies and community partners participated in the resource fair
- 41 children were screened by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital / Baton Rouge Children's Health Project Mobile Medical Clinic
- Fresh produce was distributed to approximately 250 clients by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
- More than 525 meals were served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army
- 23 audiology screenings by the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation
- 18 HIV tests were completed by YWCA and Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge
- 30 booster seats were distributed by Alliance Safety Council and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
"Capital Area United Way is proud that ExxonMobil and its employees continue to be our largest corporate contributor, both financially and through volunteer work, and has continued to sponsor the United Way Day of Action,” said Richard Williams, Interim CEO & President. "We greatly appreciate the efforts of ExxonMobil to give back to the communities we serve to advance the common good.”
"ExxonMobil employees were glad to take action with Capital Area United Way to paint, build and clean up at Istrouma High School, one of our long-time partners in the North Baton Rouge neighborhood,” said Paul Stratford, ExxonMobil Chemical Site Manager. "This United Way Day of Action demonstrated the strong partnership between our company, the United Way and our community, that is helping to make the Baton Rouge area a better place to live.”
Participants included: Alliance Safety Council; ALS Association; American Diabetes Association; American Red Cross; AMI Kids; Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing; Bank on Baton Rouge; Big Buddy Program; Capital Area Agency on Aging; Capital Area United Way; Capital Area Asset Coalition; Catholic Charities; Entergy; Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge; Girl Scouts Louisiana East; Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank/Snap Coordinator; HOPE Ministries; Iris Domestic Violence Center; LA Care Mayor's Health Initiative; Mid City Redevelopment; Mental Health Association; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; St. Helena Head Start; Teach for America; The Salvation Army; Volunteers of America; and YWCA.
United Way Day of Action is an annual invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges.
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