The United Way of Anchorage hosted its 23rd annual Day of Caring Wednesday, with corporate volunteers ditching their work attire for a pair of work gloves throughout the city.

Hands and hearts were at work, as Anchorage’s business employees emptied the offices, and rolled up their sleeves to complete multiple projects.

“We were tasked to go after the invasives so we’re looking for clover, dandelion, and we’re kind of picking that through the various plants that they have here in the garden,” said John Boyle, BP employee and corporate volunteer.

A total of over 500 volunteers were out in the community, with 60 alone at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Teams tackled tasks including ground prep for winter, and pulling invasive weeds, down to sanding and painting the kiosk desk.

“It’s great for the nonprofits because they can get multiple people doing one project, and get it done in just a couple of hours. That frees up their staff time and their resources that they normally wouldn’t have,” said Lilah Walker, Individual Giving Director for the United Way of Anchorage. 

“They do a lot for us that we can’t do on our own,” said Mike Monterusso, Gardens and Facilities Manager for the Alaska Botanical Garden.

For some, it’s more than just giving their time. It’s about making an impact in the communities where their businesses flourish.

“It’s really important for us to show our commitment to the community. We’re really happy to give back to a state that has been so important for our business, and it’s just a way for us to come out and support various institutions and causes that are very important to all of us as BP employees,” said Boyle.

And when the work gloves come off, the volunteers and agencies involved are able to see immediate results from the full day’s work.

The United Way of Anchorage estimates the Day of Caring volunteer hours will result in a community saving of $55,000. 

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