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Harnessing the Volunteer Spirit to Create Meaningful Impact

This month, thousands of people in more than 300 communities around the world are volunteering with United Way to make their community a better place through Day of Action.

United Ways across the country will be teaming up with 50 global corporations and others to create meaningful activities centered on specific challenges in their communities. This year’s national focus is on summer learning and nutrition.

Last month, Target employees stepped up to support United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Campaign for Child Well Being, which promotes the idea that if children thrive, communities can thrive.  A recent United Way study found that nearly half a million children in the Greater Atlanta region live in communities with low child well-being.

Target is committed to changing that. Nearly 60 of its employees helped transform a local school into a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Field Day with food and activities for more than 300 students. Students were physically active in potato sack races, hopscotch and kite flying. Their minds were stimulated with fun science projects like creating a volcano, before enjoying healthy snacks like fresh fruit, granola and yogurt.

But Target’s work didn’t end there. Its employees also worked with United Way of Greater Houston last month to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to community members in need. More than 100 employees and Houston Police Department officials pulled together to create 16 vegetable and fruit beds, and weeded 10 others. The crops will benefit 22,000 people, mostly children and senior citizens in the Houston area who have limited access to healthy meals.

Community partners like Target are invaluable to the work that’s happening right now in Atlanta, Houston and communities around the country. We invite you to also join us on Day of Action by contacting your local United Way to find out what’s planned for your area. Together, we can improve the building blocks for a good quality of life so communities everywhere can thrive.