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More than 80 volunteers, making it the biggest volunteer day in the history of the agency

The United Way of the Coastal Empire coordinated a Day of Caring in September with volunteers giving back at multiple sites throughout the Savannah area.

The CCDS campus was filled with people teamed up and performing a variety of tasks. New pine straw was placed in the plant beds, and trimmers tackled the shrubs surrounding both buildings. A handful of workers assembled two wheelchair accessible raised plant beds for the garden. Power washers took on the garden’s pergola and archway and cleaned up the main building’s entrance. As volunteers stripped the garden beds free of the old plants, another group was close behind preparing and then planting the Fall garden in the beds.

Inside, Day Habilitation got an overhaul. After extensive cleaning of the gym’s equipment, the layout was redesigned to improve the areas used for physical and occupational therapies during the week. Cabinets in the kitchen were cleaned, products washed, and an uncooperative door was repaired. Shelves were built in the main storage area, and items were put into new bins, labeled and reorganized.

“I am overwhelmed by all the support,” Day Habilitation Program Supervisor Yvonne Cook shared at the day’s end. “I can’t wait for our group to see the improvements!”

Most of the volunteers came from a large area manufacturer with a long history with CCDS, and at least one church group was part of the effort. Some volunteers brought family members of all ages making it a fun way for them to spend the day together helping the community.

CCDS appreciates the hard work by the volunteers and is grateful for the lasting impact of their efforts.