It was a chilly and blustery day. Not a sentence to describe a scene in a Winnie the Pooh book but a sentence to describe the United Way- Day of Caring. However, as inhabitants of Outside Magazine’s Best Outdoor Town, us Duluthians bundled up and headed outside. With over 50 projects and over 100 volunteers; local businesses, establishments, and groups volunteered their time to local non-profits that needed some extra help.
Fuse Duluth took a group of eight volunteers and helped clean the track and Lakewalk for the Duluth Depot and the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Cold was the exact opposite of the atmosphere as we set out to ride the train to our destination, as our fellow volunteers were nothing but welcoming and enthusiastic. After unloading, with 3 other groups, we took off down the historic tracks to pick up trash, broken glass, unwanted items, and most of all; cigarette butts.
It was a great event to get to work together and make our city shine. After collecting garbage and meeting up with the other teams, the Fusers headed back to the Depot (by train!) and were treated to free pizza for the hard work. Other teams volunteered to complete projects that involved painting, planting, organizing food and supply drives, etc. To find out more about how you can get involved next year, head to the United Way’s Volunteer Center website.
A big thanks to James Fischer (Bagley and Company Jewelers), Katie Kundel (NuCara Pharmacy), Alyza Bohbot (Alakef Coffee), Josh Nonnemacher (Duluth Huskies), Erik McCort (US Bank), Lindsey Dueland (Lake State Credit Union), and Anna Pulles (Hanlon and Associates) for volunteering their time.And an even bigger thanks to Liz Pawlik and Paige Stein, from the United Way, for all their hard work and coordination!
Next up for Volunteer Focus is the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk! On September 20th, at the Lake Superior Zoo, hundreds will gather to promote physical activity and healthy living by taking a jaunt around the Zoo. This will be a family friendly event that raises money for the American Heart Association and spread heart disease awareness. If you are interested in joining the Fuse Team please head to our Heart Walk Team Page or contact Rachel Malone, Team Captain, for more information.