Not many people would consider digging your hands in a tiny cup of dirt to untangle a mass of wriggling, fat worms satisfying, but on August 16th, the Via team learned otherwise. For the 5th year in a row, Via had the privilege to participate in United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s annual Day of Caring with over 3600 other volunteers. This year’s project: help 100 youth from the Delaware Avenue YMCA branch catch fish at Delaware Park’s Hoyt Lake. Despite the dirt and worm sacrifices, Via did not shirk the task.

Marsha led the charge to untangle the mass of fishing poles, Amy taught her team about the finer nuances of fishing, and Peter and Jadaiman’s teams caught a fish on their very first try! Nearby, Erin took the slightly slimy job of splitting and hooking worms while Emily supervised the small group trying to release their “survivor” worms back into the wild. (May we take a brief moment of silence for those worms who were lost, including Muhammad Ali, Rocky, Michael Jackson, John Cena, Dwayne “The Worm” Johnson, and last but not least, Wormy.) After fishing, the Via team all made sure the children and volunteers were fully fed and hydrated.

Here at Via, we could not have asked for a better day. Thank you United Way, YMCA, and Delaware Park for such a hands on way to give back to our community!