United Way Day of Caring

Aug 30, 2007  |     |   General

Open Door Mission - United Way Day of CaringWow, I am not sure where to begin but here it goes… As I am driving home from the Open Door Mission Campus, I have to take a double look. It really does not look like it did this morning at
7 a.m. when I arrived.

The United Way Day of Caring 400+ volunteers have left a hand print on the Open Door Mission that will always be remembered by the impact that the collaboration of the business and corporate world has left … People still do care about People.

Open Door Mission - United Way Day of CaringMany First National Bank employees started arriving at 7 a.m. Team leaders Stacy and Laura were awesome. By 8 a.m., 200+ FNB employees had arrived armed in paint clothes and carrying supplies. This group meant business, no slackers here. Following orientation, they dug in their heels and tackled the projects until 3 p.m. only stopping for a half hour lunch break or shorter for many. FNB painted the exterior of the Timberlake Outreach Center and the Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments, yard work throughout the campus, painted all the parking lines in the lots, painted the inside of the Men’s Ministry Emergency Services and Lydia House, painted the exterior of the main Mission building, the list goes, on and on and on. The Open Door Mission Team looks forward to partnering together on future projects at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Open Door Mission - United Way Day of CaringShortly, after 9 a.m. 14 dignitaries arrived for a short press conference and participated in painting the Men’s Ministry Day Room. Then many, stayed and were escorted throughout the campus, personally thanking the volunteers. I had a great opportunity to escort Mayor Fahey for 45 minutes, and then escorted the Mayor from La Vista, Congressman Lee Terry and businessman John Hoich for another 45 minutes.

Aquilla employees spent their time making thousands of care kits for the homeless men, women and children. Each care kit contained a toothbrush, toothpaste,Kleenex and hotel shampoo, conditioner and soap. These are given out in the emergency services departments.

UPS employees spent the entire day stuffing envelopes. This project saved the Mission hundreds of dollars. This group was so committed to this project they refused to leave until it was done realizing the savings would provide more meals for those hungry, in our community.

Tyson Food employees tackled the organizing and painting of the receiving and distribution areas of the Timberlake Outreach Center a very labor intensive project.

World Insurance employees made more than 650+ sack lunches for the Streets of Omaha program. These lunches are given to men, women and children that live on the streets in abandoned buildings, along the train tracks, in their cars, along the levy, etc..

Mutual of Omaha employees painted all the shoe, hat, socks, and underwear racks. A very tedious and time consuming task.

Reflecting on the day there are several other accomplishments:

1. Many volunteers have a better understanding of the complexity of homelessness and poverty and therefore can be an advocate for those without a voice.
2. Time Changes Peoples Lives. Just 2 hours a month will make a difference in someone’s life.
3. Many volunteers have a better understanding of the Open Door Mission’s programs and services that are provided to the hungry and homeless and that it could not be done without the partnerships provided by volunteers.

This is just the beginning. God has so much more instore, it’s just around the corner. I can hardly wait to see…stay tuned in you won’t want to miss it.