ARC of Greater Boone County gives the gift of service

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Jun. 25—Mike Caldwell, manager of estate gift planning for United Way of Central Indiana, recently told a group of volunteers at the ARC of Greater Boone County, "Every person has a purpose."

Volunteers, staff and board members from ARC, and volunteers from Life Journey Church helped pull weeds, spread mulch and 'beautify' the area around the ARC facility as a part of the UWCI's Go All IN Day, which is where more than 1,000 volunteers around Central Indiana take part in some form of service to make their community better.

Caldwell, who has worked for UWCI for eight years, added, "I'm sure you'll be very fulfilled after you get through this day. Beyond that, there's a lot of people in our community that really don't know where their next meal is coming from or where they're going to lay their heads at night, and part of our mission is to make sure those people have a purpose and that's the end result of what we're striving for."

For its Go All IN Day project, ARC Executive Director Pam Verbarg thought beautifying the areas around the building would be a great thing to do.

Caldwell said UWCI's mission overall is to get people involved in their communities and activities like Go All IN Day are a great way to find people's purpose and get them involved through volunteering.

"The United Way is important because they help connect people with service and the idea of spreading service," Verbarg said. "It also helps us connect and build community relationships, like the people from Life's Journey Church who are here today, it helps us build additional relationships across the community and strengthen those partnerships."

It's also important, as an organization that receives service from UWCI, to also learn how to give back, Verbarg added.

For information about UWCI's mission, more about Go All IN Day and how to get involved with a non-profit near you, visit the website at