U.S. Bank employees freshen up Life House officeThanks to a hard day’s work, a drop-in center for homeless youth in downtown Duluth is sporting new furniture, fresh paint and a new conference room.
Thanks to a hard day’s work, a drop-in center for homeless youth in downtown Duluth is sporting new furniture, fresh paint and a new conference room.
About a dozen volunteers from U.S. Bank in Duluth spent most of the day Wednesday lending a hand at the Life House building as part of the United Way Day of Caring.
“I can’t believe how much they’ve got done here,” said Life House executive director Maude Dornfeld as she looked over the progress midday. “It would be hard to get this much done without a great group of volunteers like this coming in here.”
The Life House “office freshen-up” was just one of many volunteer projects happening in the Duluth community Wednesday. More than 30 businesses donated their employees’ time at nonprofit sites throughout the city.
The Day of Caring is an annual event in which the United Way pairs local nonprofits with local businesses and organizations for a day of volunteering. Nonprofits list the projects they would like to have completed and businesses get the opportunity to select a project to tackle.
Trading in their formal business attire for matching blue Day of Caring T-shirts, the bank employees cleaned out a storage room to create a conference space, assembled new office furniture and gave some interior walls a new look.
U.S. Bank, which has its main office just a block down from Life House, makes sure to take part every year, said assistant vice president Andres Gonzalez. Last year, bank employees seal-coated the parking lot at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs.
“This is what U.S. Bank expects us to do,” Gonzalez said. “We have a community frame. U.S. Bank recognizes how important it is for us in a smaller community to do projects like this.”
Day of Caring projects also included community carnivals, donation drives, outdoor clean-ups, gardening and painting throughout the city. Organizations such as Animal Allies, CHUM, Damiano Center, Goodwill, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and the YMCA benefited from this year’s projects.