On June 17th, more than 500 community volunteers gathered to complete 92 projects for nonprofit agencies in and around Springfield. This was one of two Day of Caring Events that United Way of the Ozarks has planned for this year, the other taking place on September 23rd. This will be the first time ever that the event will be split up over two days, as the charity canceled its 2020 event because of the global pandemic.
This year, the BRP Architects team had the opportunity to volunteer at the Discovery Center of Springfield, one of the Springfield area’s largest volunteer sites with over 50 volunteers. Our team cleaned, dusted, and gave gallery walls a much-needed fresh coat of paint. Other jobs that community volunteers completed at the Discovery Center consisted of washing windows, creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning kits for students, cleaning the parking lot, trimming and cutting landscaping, placing mulch, pulling weeds, and general deep cleaning.
Over the past year, the Discovery Center’s Museum was used as an emergency community resource during the COVID-19 pandemic, so many jobs that were on their to-do list were put on hold during that time. This made our team extra grateful to be able to safely get together and give back to the place that helped so many in our community during a great time of need.
“You know the saying, ‘the shoemaker’s children go barefoot,’ right? We have such a bighearted team here that is constantly caring for and educating the kids in our community, so our building and exhibits don’t often get the care they deserve and need.” “We love the United Way of the Ozarks and Day of Caring because we get these people that are passionate about helping us with what we need. It’s an incredible feeling when caretakers get to feel cared for, too. I’m excited to see all of the amazing projects that this type of peoplepower can accomplish together in one day. I get wowed each and every year.” — Rob Blevins, Executive Director of the Discovery Center of Springfield
BRP Architects is committed to improving the community in which we live and work. Each year, we make it one of our priorities to give back. Whether that be through our team engaging in community service or providing funds directly to a charitable organization in need. We believe that it is important to empower our staff to be involved and give back to organizations that are meaningful to them.