Students Give Back During United Way's Junior Days of Caring

Throughout the past week, nearly 500 students from White Pines Middle School helped clean up and remove invasive species at local parks during Greater Ottawa County United Way's fourth annual Junior Days of Caring. The students spent 3 1/2 hours volunteering as part of the single largest volunteer event in Ottawa County. United Way's Director of Volunteerism Shannon Morton said, "This is a great opportunity for these students to step outside of themselves to make a difference in their community. They have fun and make a positive contribution at the same time. We are also aiming to build future volunteers and philanthropists who continue to give back as they grow up and enter the work force."

On Friday, May 1, another group of students from Lakeshore Middle School will head out into the community for their Junior Day of Caring. 500 students will volunteer at 29 local non-profit organizations and parks, helping with much-needed tasks such as spring cleaning and landscaping, as well as giving middle school tours and spending time with the elderly.

Support for the Junior Day of Caring student transportation was provided by a $1,500 grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

To learn more about volunteering in our community, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org and click on the “Volunteer” button, or call (616) 396-7811.