ZANESVILLE, Ohio — It’s “A Year to Live United” for volunteers trying to give back to the communities in which they live.
The United Way is fighting for health education and financial stability in every community they serve, and their new campaign is designed to attract volunteers every month to support a variety of activities and events, including their Donation Station at the Farmer’s Market.
“We’re calling it ‘A Year to Live United.’ So what that means is every month you’ll have opportunities to come out in your community, where you live, and volunteer a couple of times of month– we’ll have different things. So we’re hoping to have a volunteer or two volunteers every week from now until the end of October to sit at donation station for us,” explained Becky Clawson, the Community Impact Director for The United Way of Muskingum-Perry-Morgan Counties.
Clawson says they are spending Satuday unveiling what that plan is, sharing it with the community, and hoping to see a positive response leading to many new volunteers over the next 12 months.
The Donation Station program starts in July. Volunteers will collect cash and produce donations at the Farmer’s Market between 9 a.m. and Noon. The donations are then immediately taken to hot meal sites or programs, or a pantry to be served to the community. Clawson says many of these programs do not have access to fresh, local food and they want to make that option available to them.
“The Donation Station grew out of the work of the hunger conversations United Way had using a model that was down in Athens. And our goal has become to try to get all those folks who offer hot meals…they can come and they can volunteer at the Donation Station and have that fresh produce to use at their meals,” says Suellen Skinner, Pastor at Brighton Presbyterian Church and also President of the Zanesville Community Garden.
The Donation Station will be accepting donations at the Farmer’s Market until the market closes the final weekend of October.
Other events coming up include the Back to School Supplies Drive in August. School supplies can be donated for area kids in need and those supplies will be provided to those students in Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties.
Additionally, in September, the United Way will hold their campaign kick-off event. More details and volunteer opportunities will be provided as September approaches.
For more information on how to volunteer or donate, you can visit the United Way’s website at unitedwayofmpm.org. You can also followed the United Way on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.