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Focus on Housing during National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. For the second year in a row, we focused our volunteer activities on homelessness.

During the week of April 6-12, we organized over 12 different projects in the four counties we serve—Durham, Johnston, Orange, Wake—where volunteers participated in landscaping projects, built shelves and painted bannisters, cleaned closets and repainted restrooms. They planted flowers, organized supplies, sorted thrift store donations and remerchandised an entire shop into a thriftique.

“The volunteers from United Way and Nationwide were excellent,” said Monyia Presley, operations manager at InterAct of Wake County. “Every year they are so helpful and really make a difference in the work we do here. Some of the volunteers even found some clothes they wanted to purchase while they were sorting for the store.”

Other volunteers across the Triangle joined with volunteers from businesses like Nationwide, Enterprise, and Redwoods Group that provide time for employees to give back to the community at six different agencies across four counties.

“Affordable housing is a key component of our work in Financial Stability,” said Natasha Wayne, volunteer coordinator and special event director at UWGT. “Along with Health and Education, it is one of our three focus areas.”

Throughout the year our work in financial stability includes helping those at risk of homelessness maintain housing, assisting people find jobs, and providing financial management tools to help people improve their financial situation. Our focus in this area centers on creating stable households and providing supports to help low income working families.

In 2013, we assisted 887 households move into permanent housing. Our goal for 2014 is to move at least 985 homeless families or individuals into permanent housing.

If you would like to give back to the community, please check our volunteer site for current opportunities.

See some of the great projects that were completed during National Volunteer Week in this photo gallery.