United Way’s Day of Caring: Call for Projects

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“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.”
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(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region is eager to reinstate its annual Day of Caring scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Leslie Hulick, Senior Vice President/Chief Administration Officer for Blackhawk Community Credit Union and member of United Way Blackhawk Region’s Board of Directors, is again serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for United Way’s Day of Caring.

In 2020, United Way reimagined this annual event and as an alternative to hosting volunteer projects at local nonprofit agencies instead delivered Care Kits to 50 community partners. The Care Kits included: protective masks, dry wipes and hand sanitizer, contactless thermometers, sanitizing solutions, gloves, no-touch door openers, and posters in both English and Spanish on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“After taking a year off from traditional Day of Caring projects for pandemic safety precautions, I believe both our nonprofit community and corporate partners are excited to see this popular tradition restored,” said Hulick. “Blackhawk Community Credit Union and United Way Blackhawk Region work to build better communities and Day of Caring exemplifies the power of giving back. I’m proud to help coordinate this awesome day of action.”

The registration deadline to submit projects for United Way Blackhawk Region’s annual Day of Caring is July 16, 2021. 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.

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, but must submit a separate registration form for each.

Hulick concluded with a plea, “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 (envelope stuffing, collating, shredding, workplace organization, etc.); 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, balance beams, 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.

For more information on United Way’s Day of Caring and how to register projects or volunteers, visit LiveUnitedBR.org/DOC.

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