Day of Caring

What is Day of Caring?

Day of Caring is one of the largest organized volunteer events in Cedar Rapids. Local businesses encourage their employees to volunteer at nonprofit agencies and schools throughout the community. Volunteer teams of all sizes tackle meaningful projects to address community and agency needs. Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, increasing the awareness of local human service agencies, and demonstrates the impact individuals make when working together.

Volunteers assisting with done-in-a-day volunteer events like Day of Caring help nonprofits complete projects that staff may not have the specialized skills or capacity to complete. This frees up staff time to focus on delivering critical services to those in need.

Participating in Day of Caring is a great way for local businesses to learn more about your organization and to get your long list of volunteer projects completed. It is an opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with these companies and recruit additional volunteers for future projects.

Day of Caring takes place each May. We invite nonprofit organizations to attend an information session that typically takes place in February. If you would like to learn more about participating and submitting projects for Day of Caring, contact Sue Driscoll by emailing sue.driscoll@uweci.org or calling 319 398-5372 ext. 822.

Day of Caring 2016 – Thursday, May 12.

United Way will be hosting two trainings for agencies to share tips on making Day of Caring successful. Though it is not required we do ask that agencies and community partners send at least one representative to one of these trainings. In the past agencies that have participated in the training sessions typically have had a more successful Day of Caring.

Fill out this form to RSVP to one of the trainings below and to confirm participation for Day of Caring 2016.

The NEW Agency Lead Training This is for new agency project leads or those that want a more in-depth training on brainstorming project ideas
Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: United Way office (317 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids)

The Experienced Agency Lead Training This is for experienced agency project leads to review the new online system.
Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Location: United Way office (317 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids)

2015 Day of Caring Volunteer Impact:

  • Built five accessibility ramps, giving seniors the ability to be more independent.
  • Prepared camps to welcome children for summer programs.
  • Planted seeds to produce fresh food for low-income families in eight community gardens.
  • Helped kids retain reading skills by encouraging elementary students to sign up for summer reading programs through their local library.
  • Painted and rehabbed homes for low-income families
  • Sorted and boxed food, resulting in providing meals to hungry families and veterans in the community.
  • Picked up litter throughout the downtown area, along the river, and in parks.
  • Revitalized a playground, giving kids in the community a safe place to play.
  • Provided building repair and beautification for nonprofits to improve client interaction spaces.
  • Cleaned and organized community food pantries, freeing up time for staff and volunteers to focus on delivering the food to those in need.
  • Planted trees and removed invasive species from trails.
  • Assisted low-income elderly clients with outside home repair and maintenance.
  • Collected more than 300 pounds of food for families in need in a northwest neighborhood.

Watch our video below to see Day of Caring volunteers at work, and check out Facebook for Day of Caring photos.