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ARE YOU READY FOR UNITED WAY'S SEVENTH DAY OF SERVICE WITH BOSSIER SCHOOLS?
Has it really been SEVEN consecutive years? Wow! Our team is excited to update you on how we are adapting to continue this tradition and make volunteering more accessible for students of all ages.
In 2020, we focused on socially distanced collection drives due to COVID-19 restrictions. This gave us the chance to include younger students that usually are unable to safely participate in hands-on volunteer projects. Entire schools and student organizations alike signed up to give back.
Curious about the impact?
Thanks to the efforts of Bossier Schools’ students, parents, faculty, and staff, more than 10,000 essential items valued at more than $16,000 in economic support were collected for local nonprofits during our 2020 Month of Service. In 2019, in-person projects saved nonprofits nearly $20,000 in labor costs. You can read more about these experiences by visiting our blog.
This year, United Way’s Day of Service with Bossier Schools will be a hybrid approach. We have both collection drives and in-person projects, with precautions in place to prevent COVID-19. Teams will begin collecting items the week before Day of Service on Saturday, October 23. In-person projects and inventories will tentatively take place from 9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M.
After all of our projects are completed and donations have been delivered, join us for the first-ever Day of Service wrap-up party at the Bossier Schools Educational Service Center. Stay tuned for more details!
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Harper, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-606-6601.
Whether you are a Day of Service veteran or this is your first year to participate, we thank you for your dedication to serving our community. #BossierLivesUnited
Our mission is to serve low-income clients in the ArkLaTex by providing specific non-food items including diapers, period products & incontinence supplies.
- Diapers (all sizes, disposable)
- Baby Wipes
- Period Products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups)
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Basic Necessities’ mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Christian Service Program
The core mission of feeding the hungry has not changed, but the way to carry out the mission is changing. There is a need to address greater and greater numbers of people who are not only hungry but homeless or on the brink of homelessness. Christian Service is moving to meet that need.
- Compartment To-Go plates
- Plastic Spoons
- Plastic Forks
- Can Goods
- Bottled Water
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Christian Service’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center
Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center’s mission is to provide a safe and accessible, central intake and service center for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking to receive comprehensive, coordinated community services during this very difficult time.
The NWLA Family Justice Center is in need of:
- Ladies toiletries (all sizes & brands)
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, & mouthwash
- Razors and shaving cream
- Pads, tampons, and wipes
- Bodywash / Bar soap
- Shampoo/Conditioner/Hair products
- Facial cleanser
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during October 18 – 23.
The Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana - Shreveport Corps & Shelter
The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs without discrimination.
The Salvation Army Shelter is in need of:
- Hygiene products for men, women, and children
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Hair products
- Body wash
- New bath towels
In-Person Project at the Shelter | 20 Volunteers Max | Appropriate for Grades 6th-12th
The Salvation Army’s Shelter is in need of volunteers to assist by serving meals and cleaning at the shelter. This project will be indoors & outdoors.
In-Person Project at the Salvation Army Thrift Store | 20 Volunteers Max | Appropriate for Grades 6th-12th
The Salvation Army of NWLA Thrift Store is Cleaning Up for Christmas! During the Christmas season, The Salvation Army utilizes the Thrift Store as a base of operation for Angel Tree operation, organization, and distribution (specifically for Caddo and Bossier Parish families). This project will be slightly labor-intensive and inside our Thrift Store and attached warehouse.
The Salvation Army is asking volunteers to help move thrift store items that are currently on the floor into the attached warehouse. Items in the warehouse will range in size and weight. Items range in type, for example, the Thrift Store contains clothing, shoes, housewares, baby furniture, couches, and other donated items.
Students who are able to lift items of 25 lbs. or heavier will be needed for this task. Closed-toe shoes are required. We suggest students, faculty, and other volunteers wear clothing that can be dirtied and allow flexibility for bending. If shorts are worn, please make sure they are mid-thigh or longer in length.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about The Salvation Army’s mission and the impact they are making by volunteering and collecting items during October 18 – 23.
St. LukE'S EPISCOPAL MOBILE MEDICAL MINISTRY, INC
The mission of St. Luke’s Mobile Medical, a ministry of the Episcopal Church, is to improve the quality of life for those living in our communities of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Desoto, and Claiborne Parishes. St. Luke’s addresses the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional, social, and spiritual – through education and resource access, providing basic health care to the medically underserved.
St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Ministry is in need of:
- Reading glasses – preferred strengths are 2.25, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5
- Warm socks for adult men & women
In-Person Project | 4 Volunteers Needed | Most Appropriate for Junior High Grades 6-8
St. Luke’s Medical Ministry is in need of a small group of volunteers to assist in stocking their van with items to be distributed to those in need.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about St. Luke’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
– PAIRED PROJECTS –
The projects below have been paired with one or more teams. Please consider requesting one of the unpaired projects above. Thank you!
Community Renewal Barksdale Annex Friendship Houses (For Youth & Kids)
Community Renewal restores hope, rebuilds caring communities, and renews the spirit of cooperation in every segment of the community through their Renewal Team, Haven Houses, and Friendship Houses.
Barksdale Annex Kids Friendship House.
The following items will be put in gift bags or lunch bags for senior citizens.
- Paper towels
- Hand sanitizer
- Dishwashing liquid
- Canned Soup
- Toilet paper
- Water bottles
- Kool-Aid packets
- Gift bags or lunch bags
- Notes of Encouragement (guidelines will be provided)
Barksdale Annex Youth Friendship House.
The following items will be used during the Youth Friendship House’s after-school program.
- Spiral notebooks with perforated pages
- Pocket Folders
- Dry Erase Board Cleaner
- Elmer’s Glue for making Slime
- Copier Paper
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Plastic Forks
- Paper Plates
- Take-Out Containers
- Colored Pencils
- Anti-bacterial Hand Soap
- Dish Washing Liquid
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Community Renewal’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana
The mission of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is to serve as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana. Our vision is to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana by ensuring a consolidated network of effective food collection and distribution which will provide universal access to food for the needy in our communities.
The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana accepts non-perishable food items, such as:
- Boxed cereal
- Oatmeal and grits
- Any regular size canned food item (Vegetables, soups, fruit, etc.)
- Canned tuna in water
- Canned chicken
- Peanut butter
- Spaghetti noodles
- Pasta sauce
- Macaroni & cheese
- 1 or 2lb. bags of rice and dry beans
Please, no glass containers, homemade products, or partially consumed products from home. Thank you!
Resources will be provided to teach your students about the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Geaux 4 Kids: Project Geaux Bags
Geaux 4 Kids’ mission is to ease the emergency transition of displaced children into the protective custody of foster care.
Geaux 4 Kids is in need of Notes of Encouragement for Project Geaux Bags, in addition to their in-person projects.
Notes of Encouragement:
Geaux 4 Kids would like your team to write notes of encouragement for children in foster care that will receive their Geaux Bag for their first night at a new foster placement. More instructions on creating the cards will be provided to the team captain.
In-Person Project| 40 Volunteers Max | Most Appropriate for Grades 4th-12th, Adults |
Volunteers will assist with organizing, writing notes of encouragement, clean-up, and assembling hygiene kits. Geaux 4 Kids’ Staff will guide volunteers through their project and indicate which tasks are a priority.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Geaux 4 Kids’ mission and the impact they are making by writing notes of encouragement for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
The purpose and vision of Goodwill are to ensure that every person finds meaning, purpose, and value in life by securing employment. This brings about change in not only the person but the family and the community-at-large.
- Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing of all sizes
- Shoes, purses, belts, and other clothing accessories
- Jewelry and watches
- Small household items (dishes, glasses, pots & pans, flower arrangements, knick-knacks, etc.)
- Books, records, CDs, DVDs
- Children’s toys and stuffed animals
- Bed linens, covers, drapes
- Electronics (microwaves, vacuum cleaners, blenders, toasters, can openers, etc.)
- Wall art and pictures
In-Person Project | 30 Volunteers Max | Appropriate for All Ages
Goodwill Industries is seeking a school or multiple schools to do a socially distanced collection drive. Schools can plan a drive at their school leading up to the day of the event, and on the Day of Service day, volunteers can bring those donations to our Goodwill Job Center and learn more about how those donations make an impact on the community. A two-hour tour, which includes hands-on activities about Job Skills and Leadership, will be a part of the Day of Service project.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Goodwill’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during October 18 – 23.
Keep Bossier Beautiful
Founded in 1990, Keep Bossier Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, believes that each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment and work.
In-Person Projects | Appropriate for All Ages
Keep Bossier Beautiful will provide the supplies needed for a clean-up project during Day of Service Bossier! This could be in a specific neighborhood, somewhere close by, or on campus. Team Captains, please keep in mind that if you are paired with Keep Bossier Beautiful, you will receive the necessary supplies before the clean-up day.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Keep Bossier Beautiful’s mission and the impact they are making.
The Hub: urban ministries
The Hub is a non-profit organization in Shreveport, Louisiana that serves two main populations: those in poverty and homelessness through The Lovewell Center and women and children experiencing sexual exploitation and human trafficking through Purchased: Not for Sale.
The Hub needs your help to “Stock the Shelves!” A detailed list of the most needed items in each category will be provided to the team captain.
- Canned Soups (with meat)
- Canned Fruit
- Ravioli and Chili
- Pasta Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
- White Rice
- Powdered Milk
- Ready-to-Eat Meals
- Granola + Protein Bars
- Fruit Snacks
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- Trail Mix
- Bottled Water
- Drink Mixes
Resources will be provided to teach your students about The Hub’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Operation Blessing continues to assist elderly and needy residents who otherwise might not have enough food. Operation Blessing was developed in 1998 the day before Thanksgiving. It is not just a holiday food program. The program operates year-round. It features a food bank and is staffed by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse and Auxiliary volunteers.
In-Person Project | 15 – 20 Max Volunteers | Appropriate for Grades 4th-12
Operation Blessing needs the help of volunteers to organize, bag, and box up food for their food pantry. This will be indoors.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Operation Blessing’s mission and the impact they are making.
Renesting Project, Inc.
Reclaim – receive and gather gently used furniture and household goods. Renew- clean, repair, and re-purpose furniture and household items. Renest – provide, to those in need, the comforts of home, rest, retreat – a nest.
Renesting Project is in need of the following items.
Gently used or new items
- Kitchen items, including dishes.
- Pots & pans*
- Kitchen utensils (spoons, whisks, ladles, spatulas, tongs, etc.)*
- Cookie sheets*
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cutting boards
New items, only
- Personal hygiene items (including travel sizes)
- shampoo & conditioner
- body wash/bar soap
- toothbrushes (kids* and adult)
- shaving cream*
- antiseptic cream (i.e. triple antibiotic ointment)
* indicates an item Renesting Project is out of, low on, or in great need of!
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Renesting Project, Inc.’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization this month.
Renzi Education & Art Center
The mission of the Renzi Education and Art Center is to provide free, high-quality after-school academic and art classes, and summer camps to K-12 youth in the Shreveport-Bossier area, so that all children have the opportunity to explore, learn, and create, under the guidance of professional teachers and artists.
The Renzi Center is in need of food items for their students’ daily snacks and take-home bags that provide food over the weekend. Items should be individually wrapped, ready to consume, and shelf-stable.
- Juice Pouches
- Granola Bars
- Apple Sauce/sealed fruit cups
- Bottled Water
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Small jerky sticks
- Sandwich Crackers (such as Lance’s, easy to find in bulk)
The Renzi Center would appreciate Notes of Encouragement for their students. Guidelines will be provided to the team captain.
Resources will be provided to teach your students about The Renzi Center’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
The mission of Robinson’s Rescue is to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in North Louisiana by providing affordable spay/neuter services and education on the importance of spay/neuter.
Robinson’s Rescue is always in need of the following items:
- 1” masking tape
- AA batteries
- AAA batteries
- Antibacterial dishwashing soap
- Antibacterial hand soap
- Cat Carriers – New or gently used
- Towels (any size), Flat sheets, Bedding, Blankets
- Dog treats *
- Dry dog food *
- Wet cat food *
- Garden/insecticide sprayers
- Any cleaning products
- Paper towels
- Trash bags (13 and 39-gallon sizes) *
- Feral Cat Traps (typically $60)
- Outdoor Concrete Benches (4 needed)
* Indicates the items that Robinson’s Rescue is most in need of!
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Robinson’s Rescue’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during the week of October 18 – 23.
Volunteers of America North Louisiana
Volunteers of America North Louisiana is a faith-based ministry of service providing opportunity, promoting dignity, and inspiring change in all who find their way to them.
• Toilet paper
• Bath soap
• Bath towel
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Feminine products (pads and tampons)
• Hand soap
• Paper plates and cups
• Plastic utensils
• Paper towels
• Non-perishable snacks
Resources will be provided to teach your students about Volunteer of America’s mission and the impact they are making by collecting donations for the organization during October 18 – 23.