Friday, Sept. 13, was certainly a lucky day this year. It was a day of caring participated in by people and organizations around the Lowcountry.

Thousands of us volunteered at area schools and non-profit agencies on the 13th — and the 6th too — as part of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring. To all of you I say thank you so much, and congratulations. Volunteering reminds us how much more we get back when we give of ourselves.

Day of Caring in the Lowcountry remains the largest per capita in the nation, with approximately 9,000 participants this year and an estimated value to the community of $1.7 million. And that’s just the beginning.

Imagine if, in addition to a one-day effort, each of us committed to volunteer in our community once a quarter. Or once a month. Or even once a week. Think of how we could multiply our impact — and the satisfaction we felt on the Day of Caring.

Imagine further if we got strategic about our volunteering. I invite everyone to focus his volunteer efforts on the most critical issues affecting people in the Lowcountry — education, financial stability and health. These are the essentials for a good life. Each of us has the opportunity, and the privilege, to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

How? Dial 2-1-1 any time to find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you. If you work for a company that would like to establish or deepen its corporate engagement in the community, Trident United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council is a great resource. Visit tuw.org/corporate-volunteer-council for information.

I’m proud to represent Trident United Way. Its very purpose is to bring people and organizations together in a strategic way that helps our neighbors improve their lives and makes the Lowcountry a better place for all of us.

Thank you for joining us on this year’s Day of Caring and for all the days of caring you choose to engage in between now and next September.

Don Kassing

Chair

2013 Trident United Way

Day of Caring

Congressional Boulevard

Summerville