To the editor:


In the past several weeks, we have witnessed what Americans are doing to help a neighbor, a friend and even a stranger make it through the disaster and begin the hard work of recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While our hearts are with those in Texas, Louisiana and Florida, we know that we can do acts of kindness each day right here in Story County that will change lives.


That is what United Way of Story County’s annual Day of Caring is all about. Following our kickoff breakfast on Friday, businesses and individuals from around the county volunteered on projects that benefited nonprofit organizations. The day is designed to celebrate the spirit of camaraderie and the value of working together to improve our neighborhoods and community at large.


We had nearly 600 volunteers working on 50 projects. What an impact they made. We are grateful to the following businesses for hosting a team and want to recognize them for their efforts: 3M, Alliant Energy, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames High DECA & Key Club, Ballard School Students, Collins-Maxwell School students, First National Bank, FOX Engineering Associates, Greater Iowa Credit Union, ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ISU Department of Residence, ISU Facilities Planning & Management, ISU Foundation, ISU Memorial Union, ISU Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, ISU Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State Center, ISU Students (Community & Public Health class), Keen Project Solutions, Knapp Tedesco, Kreg Tool Company, Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, Nevada Jaycees, Renewable Energy Group, South Story Bank and Trust, Story County, Todd & Sargent, U.S. Bank, United Way Young Leaders Society, Vermeer, Wells Fargo, Winfield and Workiva.


We are United together. Finding solutions, changing lives. Together we are making a brighter future for so many in our community and for that we are so grateful.


LIVE UNITED,


Jean Kresse


President and CEO, United Way of Story County