Learn more about Day of Caring, how it impacts our community, and how you can participate.
With July coming to a close and talks of back-to-school in the air, there’s no better way to close out summer this year than with one of the largest organized volunteer events in the Corridor— Day of Caring!
On Thursday, August 27, local businesses and their employees will be volunteering at nonprofit agencies in East Central Iowa for United Way of East Central Iowa’s (UWECI) annual Day of Caring. Not only is this a great opportunity for organizations to engage in volunteerism, but it’s also a chance for nonprofits to tackle projects and allow their employees more time to focus on helping members of our community in need. This event has been long-awaited, especially in the midst of COVID-19.
Earlier this year, UWECI hosted a Virtual Day of Caring on May 14. This event encouraged people to be part of virtual volunteer opportunities, support local businesses, and even play Virtual Bingo with us. Staying connected through virtual volunteering allowed many people to not only explore new ways to give back, but encouraged them to become creative when looking for ways to support nonprofits, communities, and neighbors even if it isn’t physically possible to be there .
If you aren’t part of a Day of Caring project, you can participate in other ways! Women United is hosting a diaper drive to benefit area children and families. Community members are encouraged to host a drive to collect unopened, disposable diapers and wipes, as well as deliver these items to drop off sites.
Last year, over 1,200 volunteers from more than 50 companies completed 121 projects. This equals about 7,000 volunteer hours being put back into the community. Amid these uncertain times, we stand united to show how the power of volunteers can help improve the lives of each person in our community.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates leading up to Day of Caring, and don’t forget to tag us @UWECI with your photos and videos from projects you’re working on throughout the day!