United Way, Bossier Schools give back with Day of Service

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United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Bossier Parish Schools are hosting Bossier’s 2nd Annual Day of Service Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22.

Volunteers include students, educators, administrators and parents who have pledged to pay it forward by improving the community. This engages volunteers, and gives them the opportunity to learn about human service needs in Northwest Louisiana. Worksite projects include painting, letter writing, sorting food and clothing, and deep cleaning.

Bossier Elementary School will start the action for the two-day, community-wide volunteer event. Friday, October 21, Bossier Elementary students will volunteer with “Keep Bossier Beautiful,” a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful for a trash bash. Students will start at the school and branch out into the immediate neighborhood picking up trash as part of the nonprofits initiative. 

Saturday, October 22, more than 200 volunteers from Bossier Parish Schools will partner up with different nonprofit agencies to participate in almost 20 area-wide projects.

The six locations include:

1) Renesting Project — Students will restock shelves, clean donated items and clean the warehouse.

2) Bossier Arts Council — Students will fill in the blank walls with bright, fresh colors of paint.

3) Geaux for Kids — Students will organize, sort, and fill bags with toiletry items for foster children.

4) Plant a Seed in Our Youth Foundation — Beautification of flower garden: pull up old plants, plant new ones, mulch and water, polyurethane on two picnic tables

5) Benny Walker Helping Hands Ministry at Freedom Church — Volunteers will sort items in the food pantry, stocking, wrapping large boxes in Christmas paper that will be used for their Christmas toy giveaway.

6) Bossier Animal Control — Volunteers will socialize kittens in the Kitty Room and puppies in the Puppy Room, walk dogs, clean kennels, organize and/or clean supplies and storage areas.