Locals Roll up Their Sleeves for Day of Caring

Central Indiana‘s United Way “Day of Caring” was well-represented in Indianapolis yesterday by the Roche Diagnostics employees,  more than 30 of them. They hauled mulch, painted jungle gyms, built benches and accomplished a real face-lift for Indianapolis Public School 56.

The Day of Caring is the United Way’s kickoff event for their yearly campaigns to raise funds. Last year, since the economic situation was so unnerving, funds raised missed the mark by millions. This year may see a better showing.

Roche Diagnostics, based out of Indy, makes kits for diagnosing HIV, diabetes and other diseases. Hundreds of employees had to be let go recently, but even though money is tight, people still care. Local Indianapolis businesses such as Lowe’s donated materials such as paint for the project.

PS 56, recipient of all the good hands-on help, is a Montessori school on North Columbia Avenue, right in the heart of the Circle City. Diverse and upbeat, PS 56 is a good example of the best in Indianapolis education. Seeing the volunteers in action provides another, important, type of education for the lucky Indianapolis children who will be surprised by the bright new stuff all over their campus. Perhaps the charity project will have a lasting effect on them, and they will pay it forward themselves some day.

United Way’s Day of Caring continues today and into September. Indianapolis is a city noted for its philanthropists and Indianapolis society‘s philanthropic bent toward life in general. We invite resident Hoosiers to watch for opportunities to help this great American charity in Indianapolis.

Another organization dedicated to helping Indianapolis kids get started right is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Click the link for details about the nine different clubs in Indy.