Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Day of Caring 2018

A team of staff from Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Chubb Insurance and Sentara Albemarle Medical Center spent the morning lending a helping hand to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at Camp Skimino, A Place for Girls (APFG) and the Elizabeth City Field Center on September 7, for Day of Caring. The annual event, hosted by local United Way agencies connects local volunteers to nonprofit organizations for a fun-filled day of giving back to the community.

Volunteers were eager to get started and began their projects on Wednesday at Camp Skimino by re-doing electrical work, and replacing fascia boards and light fixtures. Work continued throughout the week as the group painted the interior and exterior of the main bathhouse, a “tiny house” (cabin) and the pool pump house. New benches were also built and a hard plumb water line for the pool shower was installed, all thanks to these dedicated volunteers!

Beth Davis, director of patient care services and co-chair for this year’s United Way campaign at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, helped organize the efforts at Skimino. Davis was a Girl Scout in GSCCC’s Council and even attended day camp at Skimino. The day allowed her to reflect on her time as a young Girl Scout camper and give back to the camp she remembered fondly.

“It’s awesome to give back and it’s nice to see how much it has grown,” Davis said.
At APFG, volunteers worked diligently to clear brush alongside Cedar Road. Thanks to their hard work, APFG is now more visible from the street! They also worked all throughout the morning to landscape other parts of the property.

Volunteers who had never been to Camp Skimino were also excited to help and talked about signing their daughter up for Girl Scouts so she could go to camp!
“In the group of gals I was painting with, a couple of them said ‘gosh I really want my girls to come here,’ they’ve just really had a great time today,” Davis said.

Elizabeth City Field Center received some TLC as volunteers there worked to remove carpeting. The landscape also received a facelift with the help of weeding and mulching!

Day of Caring was established in 1991 to promote the spirit of volunteerism, increase awareness of local human service organizations and demonstrate how people working together for the common good can accomplish great things. Thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers who dedicated their time on Day of Caring!

Click here to view more photos from the 2018 Day of Caring.