Over 5,000 volunteers take part in United Way Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day

05/06/17

GREENVILLE S.C. — More than 5,000 volunteers came together Saturday morning to complete a wide range of community projects across Greenville County during the 23rd annual United Way Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day. 

This year, 106 projects were completed benefiting area nonprofits, schools, parks and other community organizations. From landscaping, to painting, to neighborhood clean ups, 127 teams comprised of representatives from area companies, organizations and church groups, as well as individuals and families, donated their time.

The annual event serves as the Upstate’s largest single day of volunteer service, collectively generating over 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.

Based on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s dollar value estimation for an hour of volunteer service, 20,000 hours represents an in-kind value of more than $470,000 given back to the community.

In appreciation of their effort and support, volunteers were treated to a special celebration at Fluor Field Saturday afternoon. At the celebration, companies and organizations with the largest volunteer teams were recognized in four categories: organization, large company, mid-size company and small company. This year’s honorees are Grace Church, GE, JTEKT North America and Henkel Corporation.

“United Way of Greenville County believes in the power of volunteerism and its tremendous impact on our community,” said Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County. “These dedicated volunteers and the impressive results of their efforts today are proof of the caring spirit that our community is known for.”

While HOG Day has become its signature volunteer event, United Way Hands on Greenville works year-round to offer volunteer opportunities via its online project calendar.  The organization partners with nonprofit agencies and lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities each month on its website. The list offers a wide array of projects for all ages and interests, a few of which include mentoring opportunities with local youth, pet therapy visits to senior living communities and food rescue runs to area food banks.

“United Way’s Hands On Greenville Day puts a spotlight on the impact that volunteerism has on our community,” said Hendry. “An important goal of today’s experience is to inspire volunteers to sign up for more projects throughout the year, because there are so many opportunities year-round.”

For more information about United Way Hands On Greenville and to sign up for future volunteer opportunities, visit www.handsongreenville.org.