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Volunteer Appreciation


Volunteers are a big part of  the -day-to-day functions at the UNITY Warehouse. We currently host 22 volunteers a week. Our volunteers sort donations, make starter kits and tidy up. Two of our weekly groups are from the ARC of Greater New Orleans. The Arc of Greater New Orleans is committed to helping all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function and live to their fullest potential. One of our ARC members, Ryan Rovaris, has been coming to the warehouse for almost three years. He takes a leadership role with his peers. He stated his favorite task is putting together linen kits. The Arc volunteers take pride in every task they do. They are a joy to be around. They look forward to being praised for a job well done.

We have had several other groups visit the UNITY warehouse this past month.  We hosted 13 volunteers from Foresters’ Financial Services on a Saturday morning. They brought donations as well as made many starter kits for our clients. Network Volunteers hosted a  Spirit to Serve volunteer day with over 3000  Marriott employees. The volunteers were scattered all over the city participating in different project sites. Forty-two volunteers came to UNITY’s Sacred Heart Apartments .  Volunteers spent 3 hours painting community areas and resident doors. They did an awesome job. We would also like to thank the nursing students from Molloy College, Long Island, New York for volunteering with us and look forward to an ongoing relationship with them. Also a special thanks to In Spire Church of Kenner for their continued commitment to help end homelessness through volunteering and donations.  spirit to serveARCforester pic 2


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This entry was posted on April 20, 2017 by in VISTA Field Reports.


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