United Way of Northwest Louisiana has partnered with Caddo Schools to provide the largest district-wide volunteer day for students, parents, educators and more. Day of Service offered more than 250 volunteers an opportunity for a hands-on approach to community service while learning about civic needs.

Volunteers are the backbone to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits often don’t have the financial resources or manpower to hire outside help to complete everything needed for upkeep. That’s where volunteers come in.

During Day of Service, 18 teams mostly representing different K-12 Caddo schools were partnered with a nonprofit agency across Caddo and Bossier parishes. The teams completed projects such as repainting a curb at the Family Justice Center, organizing donations at Christian Service, to landscaping a yard and building an outdoor art display at Renzi Center.

“Day of Service is a tremendous value to both nonprofits and volunteers,” said Bruce Willson, President and CEO of United Way NWLA. “This event offers students a chance to become immersed with community and develop a sense of compassion for people in need.”

This is the second Day of Service that United Way NWLA has organized for Caddo Schools. Since its start in 2017, participation has increased by 30 percent.

Participating nonprofits included:

  1. Christian Service Program
  2. Geaux 4 Kids
  3. Holy Angels
  4. Philadelphia/Mercy Center
  5. Providence House
  6. Renesting Project, Inc.
  7. Renzi Center
  8. Roy’s Kids
  9. Shreveport Green
  10. United Way of Northwest Louisiana
  11. Volunteers of America

Participating schools included:

  1. Broadmoor Middle Laboratory
  2. E. Byrd High School
  3. Cherokee Park Elementary
  4. Caddo Parish School Board
  5. Huntington High School
  6. Magnolia School of Excellence
  7. North Caddo High School
  8. University Elementary School
  9. Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School
  10. Woodlawn High School
  11. Youree Drive Middle School