From Johannesburg to Vicksburg to Mumbai to Minot, this year more than 40,000 volunteers around the world joined more than 450 United Ways from 19 countries for the 2017 United Way Day of Action. A global event held every June 21, United Way Day of Action inspires and engages people to tackle specific challenges in their communities, introduce long-term solutions, work toward the Sustainable Development Goals and fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person.
As part of their Hand Wash Awareness drive, United Way of Chennai (India) volunteers highlighted the importance of good sanitation practices – such as handwashing with soap and water — to more than 100,000 students in government schools. In Bucharest volunteers from United Way Romania taught children basic safety tips, including bike safety and how to safely cross the road, in an effort to help reduce injury and death from road traffic accidents. With the help of volunteers from Farm Credit Canada, United Way of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) created 10 pallet gardens that will provide food-insecure individuals and families with access to nutritious food.
United Way South Africa engaged Eli Lilly volunteers in Johannesburg in packing and donating hundreds of school bags to children in need of educational supplies. In the U.S., United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County (Nebraska) and UPS volunteers read and distributed books to children. Many other events like these also helped provide educational tools and reinforce skills that are vital to our young people’s future success.
United Way Day of Action 2017 spurred volunteers to action, at these events and hundreds more across the globe. Every day, in many ways, United Way seeks and provides opportunities for people to give their time and talent to make life better for all. Contact the United Way in your area to learn how to get involved. Let’s work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s LIVE UNITED.
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