Wegmans employees got outside their store and gave back to the community by kicking off United Way's 12 Months of Caring initiative at The Relief Zone in Frewsburg.
"12 Months of Caring is a way for us to bring back something United Way did very successfully in the past. We will connect volunteers from local businesses to projects that benefit the community," said Tory Irgang, executive director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. "We have a list of projects and are working to match them with a company that has the ability to meet the need. Some of the projects require special talents and skills, while others just require time and energy."
The recent cleanup at The Relief Zone involved shampooing carpets, hanging storm windows, and landscaping the grounds. Roxanne Miller serves as executive director at the not-for-profit in Frewsburg, which provides before and after school care and tutoring for children. Miller thanked the team from Wegmans for a job well-done.
"There is no way we could have done all of this work by ourselves," Miller said. "I'm so grateful we have companies like Wegmans that care so much about this community."
Liz Lingenfelter, Wegmans Store Manager, said she's happy to partner with United Way to meet a need.
"We're lucky as a company that we have some of the most committed employees in this area," Lingenfelter said. "These men and women care about this community, and it shows through their volunteerism efforts. We're just happy to help out where we can."
For more information about 12 Months of Caring, or to register a business for a volunteer project, call United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at 483-1561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.