United Way’s Day of Caring: Call for Projects

“Nonprofits that host Day of Caring projects seize an exciting opportunity to educate and inspire new volunteers about their mission, while having important work completed for their agency that they may not have otherwise been able to afford,” said Fanning-Penny. "Volunteers take pride in the work they accomplish, better understand the needs of our neighbors, as well as the critical role of nonprofits. It’s truly a win-win.”

(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region is inviting local nonprofits to submit projects for its annual Day of Caring scheduled Wednesday, September 14.

The Day of Caring is a day of action that connects teams of corporate volunteers with nonprofits from across the Blackhawk Region. Volunteer teams roll up their sleeves and provide much-needed manpower to complete half or full day projects they are assigned to at local agencies.

United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny issues a call to action, “We are asking nonprofit agencies, service clubs, public schools, municipalities, and service organizations, to please consider submitting project(s) so we may afford the hundreds of volunteers who participate in this one-day event a meaningful experience.”

Projects in the past have included but are not limited to: assembly of furniture and playground equipment; clerical work; creating toiletry kits for shelter guests; delivering flowers or meals to home-bound neighbors; downtown, park or trail clean-up; interior or exterior painting; light construction (Buddy Benches, cabinets, fences, small decks, storage units, Little Free Libraries™, etc.); organizing donation rooms or pantries, playing BINGO with seniors at a local activity center; window cleaning; yard clean-up, landscaping, gardening; and much more.

“Nonprofits that host Day of Caring projects seize an exciting opportunity to educate and inspire new volunteers about their mission, while having important work completed for their agency that they may not have otherwise been able to afford,” said Fanning-Penny. “Volunteers take pride in the work they accomplish, better understand the needs of our neighbors, as well as the critical role of nonprofits. It’s truly a win-win.”

All nonprofit agencies in Rock County, WI and northern Winnebago County, IL are encouraged to take part; they do not need to be a United Way Funded Program Partner to participate. Organizations are welcome to submit more than one project and may also host volunteers at more than one site.

“Hosting this hugely popular event year-after-year affirms United Way’s commitment to LIVE UNITED,” Fanning-Penny concluded. “We’re proud to orchestrate Day of Caring for the betterment of our beloved community.”

To secure enough projects for the impressive number of corporate teams and volunteers, United Way has created an online registration for Day of Caring project requests at LiveUnitedBR.org/DOC. The registration deadline to submit projects for United Way Blackhawk Region’s annual Day of Caring is Friday, August 12.

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