(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Bossier Parish Schools are hosting Bossier’s Day of Service, on Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The one-day, community-wide volunteer event, includes students, educators, administrators and parents, who have pledged to pay it forward by improving the community. More than 300 volunteers from Bossier Parish Schools will be participating in 16 area wide projects. This engages volunteers, and gives them the opportunity to learn about health and human service needs in Northwest Louisiana. Worksite projects include painting, letter writing, interacting with veterans, sorting food and clothing, and deep cleaning.

“It is truly amazing to see so many individuals from Bossier Schools who are willing to help their neighbor, roll up their sleeves, lend a hand, and do the things that are necessary to make sure this area and the people who call it home are safe and strong,” said Bruce Willson, President and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

“Instilling character in our young people is something Bossier Schools believes in strongly,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen. “By modeling the importance of giving back by helping others during a Day of Service, we hope to shape and mold boys and girls into productive men and women who will one day have their own families and be the leaders of our community.” Check out the 2015 Day of Service photo gallery

For the past 94 years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has improved lives of individuals by creating opportunities for a better life. Today, the organization is reaching beyond the historical role of passing through fundraising dollars and focusing efforts on specific goals in Education, Income and Health, while continuing to provide a safety net to ensure that the basic needs of individuals in crisis are still met.  United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves nonprofit agencies throughout the 10 parish region. Anyone interested in becoming involved, making a donation, or volunteering time is encouraged to contact United Way at 677-2504 or visit www.unitedwaynwla.org.