Local groups adopt volunteer projects as part of San Juan United Way's 27th annual Day of Caring


FARMINGTON — Volunteers from two local companies cleaned windows and chairs, refurbished a swing set and painted a pet facility at the Family Crisis Center in Farmington Wednesday as part of San Juan United Way's 17th annual Day of Caring.

Day of Caring is an annual day of volunteerism, according to Catherine Abeyta, the executive director of San Juan United Way.

In an email, Jennifer Johnson, the director of resource development for San Juan United Way, said 48 percent of domestic violence victims will delay leaving abusive partners if they are concerned about a pet's welfare.

"That statistic always leaves me gobsmacked, so I have to share it," she said. "I'm so proud of Family Crisis Center for seeing this need and filling it."

Family Crisis Center submitted the pet facility, swing set and cleaning projects to San Juan United Way for review when San Juan United Way asked local nonprofits for project proposals for the annual Day of Caring.

After evaluating the projects, San Juan United Way partners with local entities such as corporations and school groups. The various groups adopt projects to complete. Some companies have multiple teams working on various projects throughout the community.

Abeyta said the projects have typically been done on a single day in the past, however this year groups will be working on volunteer projects throughout the month of October.

Williams, Citizens Bank, Arizona Public Service Company, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Raytheon, San Juan College, UPS and Team San Juan County are some of the entities that adopted projects this year.

More than 250 volunteers from Navajo Preparatory Academy will volunteer to complete one of the projects as part of the school's annual Unity Day on Nov. 15, according to Johnson.

Johnson said local nonprofits submitted more than 50 projects that ranged from organizing files to repairing the swing set at Family Crisis Center.

There are still projects available to adopt. Individuals are also encouraged to donate blood at the United Blood Services office, 475 E. 20th St. People who want to adopt a service project can call San Juan United Way at 505-326-1195.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Family Crisis Center is selling pins, keychains and charms to raise awareness about domestic violence. To purchase a pin, keychain or charm, call 505-325-3549. 

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.


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