Lowell, ARK. – On April 15th, United Way of Northwest Arkansas will be connecting over 650 volunteers in Northwest Arkansas with over 35 nonprofit agencies through volunteer projects. United Way NWA has partnered with these nonprofits to put on the largest volunteer event in Northwest Arkansas: LIVE UNITED Day.
2015’s LIVE UNITED Day volunteer projects include outdoor maintenance, organization and beautification, planting flowers and working on gardens, and inside “spring cleaning” and painting. There are projects in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, and Springdale. The project timeframes usually last between 4-6 hours and the projects range in size from needing teams of 5 volunteers to needing teams of 75 volunteers. Teams can be comprised of companies, families, or groups of friends. To view all volunteer projects on LIVE UNITED Day and to claim one, visit www.volunteernwa.org.
While volunteering definitely benefits the nonprofit, it also directly benefits the volunteer. Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota said, “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”
According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, “volunteers have a 27% higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers and volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51% percent higher likelihood of finding employment.”
“My first encounter with United Way of Northwest Arkansas was as a volunteer for LIVE UNITED Day. I have personally experienced the huge impact volunteers in our community can make,” said Kelsey Brock, United Way NWA’s Director of Community Engagement and the coordinator of LIVE UNITED Day. “Now, as a United Way employee, I get to witness every day the great things that happen when we LIVE UNITED.”
In 2014, 800 volunteers put in over 2,000 volunteer hours doing 78 projects around Northwest Arkansas.
If your nonprofit agency would like to post a volunteer project to be done on LIVE UNITED Day, you can do so at www.volunteernwa.org or by contacting Kelsey Brock (479-303-4426 or firstname.lastname@example.org).