Michele’s Volunteer View: Leap Day Volunteerism at DRI2020!

Did you know that 2020 is Leap Year? This only happens every 4 years and should be used for something exceptional.

What are you going to do with your extra day this year? I often hear people say that someday, when they have more time, they would like to volunteer. Well…Leap Year is your chance! This year’s DRI Foundation Volunteer Day at DRI2020 happens to fall on Feb. 29 and since we all have an extra day in the calendar, let’s spend it helping others and making a huge difference in the community while enjoying the great Savannah weather! 

This year the DRI Foundation is offering two morning half-day opportunities for our Volunteer Day.

  • Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
    • Since 1949, Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the economic, educational, and spiritual growth, through excellence in early learning care and services, for women, children, and families.
    • Tasks may include:
      • Weed the Child Care winter garden
      • Trim shrubs
      • Sanitize toys
      • Organize the food pantry
      • Pack personal hygiene bags for homeless individuals
      • Organize books in Family Life Center library
      • Organize the children’s clothes closet in Child Care
      • Organize items stored in the Family Life Center attic
    • America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
      • Established in 1981 in Savannah Georgia, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at risk for hunger throughout Southern Georgia.
      • Tasks may include food sorting and packing for the Mobile Food Pantry.

The DRI Foundation is proud of the close-knit group of volunteers that have come out to support our efforts over the years. It’s a day full of hard work and strong dedication to giving back to the community that is hosting our annual conference. While doing so, we find a way to have a lot of fun and laughs. It’s a great opportunity to network with our peers. So invite your friends and colleagues along this year – there is always room for more.

I’m willing to bet that if we all took some time on Leap Day (and beyond) to work with others, we’d find that spending it helping others will make the traffic seem just a little less jammed and the birds seem a little less angry.

Who knows? If we all leap at once, we could have our largest Volunteer Day ever!

Looking forward to seeing you in Savannah!

Michele Ostler
DRI Foundation
Chair of Volunteerism