Ogden Day of Caring
On Saturday, September 29, over 170 volunteers cleaned up an Ogden neighborhood this September as part of the national United Way Day of Caring effort. Together, they cleaned yards and exteriors of 16 homes, cleared brush and debris from 2 schools and a trail, and painted over a dozen fire hydrants.
“We are excited to work with Ogden City on this project,” said Liz Corona, Volunteer Engagement Manager at United Way of Northern Utah, before the event. “We have never organized a volunteer effort of this scale before, but we had great success with a similar neighborhood cleanup last weekend in Brigham City.”
Projects at the homes included weeding, lawn mowing, sweeping, window washing, pressure washing, flower bed clearing, and debris cleanup. At Gramercy Elementary, a group of employees from Zions Bank cleared overgrown trees and bushes from the perimeter of the playground. At Mound Fort Junior High, student volunteers cleaned up the common area behind the school, pruning trees and bushes and cleaning old flower beds.
The event gathered a wide range of community support. Sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, Interfaith Works, Grounds for Coffee, Waffled, World’s Best Corndogs, the Ben Lomond Alumni Association, and Great Harvest Bread.
Stacey Olsen, Ogden City’s Volunteer Coordinator, was thrilled with how much work the volunteers accomplished. “We look forward to partnering with United Way on more projects like this in the future,” she said.