From April 18-22, nearly 500 students from White Pines Middle School picked up trash and removed invasive species at local parks during Greater Ottawa County United Way's fifth annual Junior Days of Caring. Groups of students went out to the county parks each morning and gave their time as part of the single largest volunteer event in Ottawa County. United Way's Director of Volunteerism Shannon LaHaie said, "I am so proud of these middle school students. They are taking the time to give back to their community, and they are learning valuable lessons about stewardship and leadership in the process."
On Friday, May 6, another group of middle school students from Lakeshore Middle School will volunteer at more than 25 local non-profit organizations and parks as part of their Jr. Day of Caring. They will help out with tasks such as spring cleaning and landscaping, giving middle school tours and spending time with the elderly.
Support for the Junior Day of Caring student transportation was provided by a grant from the Friends of Ottawa County Parks.
To learn more about volunteering in our community, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org and click on the “Volunteer” button, or call (616) 396-7811.