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.

2016 Day of Caring Impact

1,275 Volunteers
103 projects at 45 agencies
7,076 hours
Valued at $166,421

  • Revitalized a playground for summer activities.
  • Helped 1,700 kids improve literacy skills.
  • Sorted and organized clothes for low-income families.
  • Planted 500 trees to provide shade to kids at local camps.
  • Completed home repairs and revitalization of 13 homes.
  • Built three accessibility ramps for seniors.
  • Prepared camps to welcome children for summer programs.
  • Prepared and delivered 150 lbs of food to clients.
  • Planted 14,000 onions for use in meals delivered to homebound seniors.
  • Removed six tons of debris from along a local trail.
  • Prepped and planted gardens to provide fresh produce for low-income families.
  • Designed and decorated Lego room for young clients and their families.
  • Removed 200 bags of invasive plants from a park and trail.
  • Taught resume writing and interview skills to clients living in a local shelter.
  • Beautified downtown, the Medical District, New Bo and Czech Village neighborhoods.
  • Completed yard clean up and chore projects for homebound seniors.
  • Provided building repair and beautification for 18 nonprofits to improve the facilities where clients are served
  • Collected and distributed over 9,000 diapers and 125 packages of baby wipes to local nonprofit organizations serving families

Volunteers Dance Through Day of Caring 2016