May 1, 1997
If Randy Bacon, administrative secretary in the Office of Institutional Advancement, ever doubted he would return to participate in the United Way's annual Day of Caring, all he needed to do was look at a photo of the kids that benefited from last year's effort.
"Last year we refurbished the playground area of a day-care center for underprivileged children," Bacon says. "Every so often the office gets pictures from the center with the kids playing in the new area, and we knew we definitely wanted to do something again."
Institutional advancement staff members participated in their second Day of Caring on March 19. The event is the largest single weekday volunteer-driven community service event in Louisiana. Orchestrated by the United Way and the Volunteer Information Agency, the event was held throughout a six-parish area and involved more than 1,000 volunteers from more than three dozen New Orleans-area corporations, government offices and local labor unions.
Volunteers painted, scrubbed, taught and serviced 53 various project sites at health and human care agencies and schools. The 23-member team from Tulane, captained by Bacon and Katherine Johnson, also an administrative secretary, sorted and boxed food for the Second Harvesters Food Bank in Harahan.
"I think it is important for the community to volunteer to help those in the community who have needs," said Johnson. According to the organizers, the Day of Caring has doubled the number of volunteers, projects and participating parishes since it began in 1994. Parishes included were Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St.Tammany and Tangipahoa.
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