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 or calling 319 398-5372 ext. 822.

Day of Caring 2016: Thursday, May 12

If you plan on submitting volunteer projects for the Day of Caring 2016 fill out this form to confirm participation and be included in future communications. United Way hosted two training’s for agencies to share tips on making Day of Caring successful. Below is the information shared at the training.  

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.