As part of Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Annual Junior Day of Caring, more than 420 students from White Pines Intermediate School removed invasive species and trash from local parks during the week of April 23. United Way's Vice President of Volunteer Engagement Shannon LaHaie said, "This volunteer experience is an important part of the students’ education. They are learning the importance of giving back and making a difference in their community. It is also an opportunity to build a sense of teamwork with each other, build self-esteem and have fun!”
On Friday, May 4, nearly 500 middle school students from Lakeshore Middle School will volunteer at 25+ local nonprofit organizations and parks as part of their Junior Day of Caring. They will help out with tasks such as spring cleaning and landscaping, giving middle school tours and spending time with senior citizens.
Support for the Junior Day of Caring student transportation was provided by a grant from the Friends of Ottawa County Parks.
To learn more about volunteering in our community, visit www.OttawaUnitedWay.org and click on the “Volunteer” button, or call (616) 396-7811.