Last week the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona kicked off its annual Days of Caring (DOC) Event. Days of Caring is one of the largest volunteer events in the City of Tucson. More than 85 agencies and over 2,500 volunteers participated in dozens of projects around the Tucson and Southern Arizona community. From Nogales to Marana, volunteers gave their time, sweat, and energy for the prosperity of the community. A collaboration of for-profit, non-profit, and government employee’s working together on various projects including beautifying landscapes, remodeling veteran rehabilitation centers, and walking dog’s at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
Serving at the United Way has given me the opportunity to be a part of this tremendous event, from its planning phase to its completion and celebration. This experience will remain with me long after my service term. To see the collaboration from so many people across such varied backgrounds and to know that “you” had a part in this, is inspiring, it adds further validation to the work that we do as VISTA’s.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 2,500 people from all over Southern Arizona, coming together, with one goal in mind, gives life to Mr. Gandhi’s quote. And it gives me the absolute pleasure of knowing I was a part of it.