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The Rotary Club of Cincinnati recently held its first “Do Days” volunteering blitz and it was a huge success. / Image: The Rotary Club of Cincinnati
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Rotary Club of Cincinnati's "Do Days" inspire community-wide service

In an effort to inspire and encourage the community to get involved with local nonprofits, the Rotary Club of Cincinnati launched its first-ever volunteer blitz called "Do Days" in October.

"The long-term goal is to build Cincinnati Rotary Do Days into a major community-wide effort mobilizing volunteers and meeting needs of more than 100 local charities," the organization says.

The two-day event, which was held Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 and included work on 16 projects in the area, introduced the new Do Days to the region and was open to those who are and are not members of the Rotary Club. The event itself was inspired by the club's desire to create a signature service project that also shows the community ways in which they can help out these local nonprofits, according to Rotary Club of Cincinnati's Executive Director Sara Pattison. "We were able to complete 800 community service hours in just two days thanks to our 'Do Days' project," she adds.

"The projects were not really glamorous, but they're a lot of practical things that need to be done," says Susan Wilkinson, Co-Chair of Do Days. "This is a way to introduce people to the great work that is being done by so many non-profits in our community, and to give everyone an opportunity to get involved."

Volunteer opportunities at the event included health checks, stuffing backpacks for CPS, painting hopscotch for a childcare center, painting classrooms and senior apartments, doing outdoor clean-up, serving meals, and welcoming guests at a Girl Scout/Girl Guide conference.

The mission behind the worldwide service club Rotary is "Service Above Self" and Cincinnati Rotary Do Days wants to help volunteerism spread throughout the community.

"Volunteering is ingrained in our members - it's why we do Rotary," says Wrassman.

"Do Days" was such an important event to the Cincinnati area that May Aftab Pureval declared Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 as "Cincinnati Rotary Do Days" with a proclamation. The group is looking forward to making "Do Days" and signature event to get not just its members but the entire community involved in volunteering.

You can learn more about Cincinnati Rotary Club and volunteer opportunities at www.cincinnatirotary.org.

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