Community Engagement

Volunteers Persevered through All-Day Rain for United Way’s Day Of Caring

Jun 20, 2022 by IDEX Health & Science

2022 day of caring group of volunteers

20 Volunteers from IDEX Health & Science showed up in force on May 19, 2022 for the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes’ Day of Caring. The Day of Caring is an annual event where thousands of volunteers across the region help 200 nonprofit agencies with various projects in order to better serve their communities. Participants from our Rochester Team — battling a hearty dose of spring showers — helped renovate the grounds at the Rochester Childfirst Network and reorganize their storage facility. In partnership with the IDEX Foundation, we also donated $7,500 to Rochester Childfirst Network (a non-profit childcare facility).

before and after cleaning out the storage area and the playground area

IDEX Health & Science volunteers in the rain

Volunteers braved pouring rain for United Way's Day of Caring.

In addition to helping Rochester Childfirst Network reclaim valuable storage space, many of the items removed from the facility were either repurposed or recycled. IDEX Health & Science values pursuing sustainable opportunities whenever possible, and, to that end, our volunteers were able to divert several items from landfill disposal including:

  1. Over 800 lbs. of steel components were redirected from landfill to reclaim effort metal scrapping
  2. 12 Children Bicycles were redirected from landfill to reclaim through R Community Bikes (Learn more here:
  3. Children ground level cots were redirected from landfill to Verona Street Animal Society (Learn more here:
  4. Identified, isolated and classified E-waste stream to correctly reclaim electronic waste (Learn more here:
  5. AC Units were recycled through RG&E’s Appliance Recycling Program (Learn more here:

Check out the results (below) of extra classroom equipment that was rehomed and refurbished by a family childcare team.

add new shelves to repurpose Rochester Childfirst Network storage

New shelves, freshly sanded and painted, repurposed from Rochester Childfirst Network Storage.

gardening at Rochester Childfirst Network

Our IDEX Health & Science Volunteers in action!

Thank you to all our volunteers for living the IDEX Difference and giving back to the communities we live and work in! For more information about United Way’s Day of Caring, visit their website at:

Learn more about how we have given back to our communities in 2022