Rochester, NY – Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed 63 volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring in Monroe County on two different dates in May, plus 17 additional volunteers in June, all because of United Way’s Day of Caring efforts in both Monroe and Chemung counties. Eight different companies chose Providence Housing for their volunteer efforts and have already made a difference in the lives of many residents and staff.
Volunteers from various businesses, who wanted to give back to the community, worked outside on a day off from their offices to do yard work and repairs to Providence Housing properties, something that is always more fun doing as a group. Seven volunteers from Closing USA and 12 from Concentrix did weeding, mulching and planting at senior living properties Atwood Park and West Town Village apartments. 10 young adults and teens from Hillside Children’s Services and Halpern Education Center, and 15 adults from Paychex, helped beautify properties at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor Apartments, including some much needed fence repairs and garbage pick up. This was Paychex’s fourth year participating in Day of Caring at Providence Housing. Three dedicated volunteers from Hyatt, who have helped at Rivendell Apartments for the past five years, returned to Providence in the Park Avenue area to spruce up properties and enjoy a celebratory cookie cake. A large team of 16 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank, who could not attend Day of Caring on the 14th made special arrangements with Providence to work at Union Park and Union Meadows I on May 7th, while Voiceport scheduled time to volunteer on June 25th. Nine Corning, Inc. employees in Elmira, New York, volunteered at McNiff Commons through United Way of Chemung County’s Day of Caring.
“I think people really enjoy helping others and it says a lot about the companies who allow their employees leave work to volunteer with a non-profit agency,” said Marty Wallace, Director of Marketing at Providence Housing. “Working together to make a community stronger makes people feel more fulfilled. The happier and more fulfilled you are, the more productive you are at work.” It appears to make the residents happier as well. It is common for the senior residents to help prepare lunches and talk with the volunteers while they are working. Some residents even help with yard work. “We are always thrilled to have volunteers help us at Providence,” exclaimed Stefanie Glatz, property manager at West Town Village. “As with many non-profits, resources are limited, so volunteers make daily work for the maintenance and other staff easier to manage. And the residents love to see their ‘home’ look nice.”
Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing develops, finances, and manages affordable housing for seniors, individuals with special needs, and families. Providence Housing is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.
For more information about Providence Housing and the services they offer, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org. For volunteer information, contact Providence at (585) 529-9555.