|NOVEMBER 2000||Volume 2 Number 4|
Carol Taylor, Director, LBPH
Volunteers from Aetna
"The Way We Care Community By Community" was the theme of this year's United Way Community Campaign, Day of Caring IX, September 7, 2000. This program provides an opportunity for agencies to gain visibility and develop relationships with the corporate community. Corporate volunteers are given staff time off to assist with special projects in local agencies.
The Connecticut State Library, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) was again asked to participate in a partnership with corporate volunteers from Aetna. Lyn Tober, from Aetna's Rocky Hill office, coordinated the group of 17 wonderful volunteers from various Aetna facilities. Because LBPH has partnered with Aetna in the past, a few volunteers had worked with the library in previous years, but most were new. An overview of the program services was given to stress the value of the time and talents they were providing for the day. It was also hoped that they would become advocates of the program and promote it when they came across someone they felt could benefit from the special library services.
The many projects for the day consisted of: testing, cleaning and packaging cassette players; moving a portion of the cassette player stock to the State Records Center for temporary storage; replacing broken cassette book boxes; typing new box and cassette labels; organizing and weeding reference materials; sorting and shelving incoming surplus cassette books; entering patron book requests into the computer system; preparing packets of catalogs; inspecting returned cassette books; and helping to organize the Braille collection. When a project was completed, the volunteers enthusiastically asked for another assignment. So many projects were completed that the day could only be labeled "a huge success", thanks to Aetna and their wonderful employees!
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