Working together, we accomplish exponentially more than we do working alone. That's why United Way Day of Caring and Day of Action events are so important. Writing a sweat equity check not only feels good, but also helps the community in many ways, big and small, visible and invisible. Whether it is working on a public project that many will see, or preparing supplies for people they will never meet, United Way volunteers fight for their communities with sleeves up!
Each year, hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers "pay in" tens of thousands of dollars of work value in Benton & Lincoln Counties through United Way-organized efforts.
Day of Caring brings together business leaders, campaign champions, nonprofit partners and volunteers across Benton County to work on service projects that will make an impact. Working together and fostering team-building within our communities exemplifies our LIVE UNITED spirit and builds excitement for giving back, both through time and donations. From sorting food to installing playground equipment to packaging curriculum and materials that empowers girls, there's an opportunity for everyone. Even though Day of Caring is the biggest volunteer event in Benton County (with almost 600 volunteers), we'll take all the help we can get, so bring a freind (or two!), and gather your coworkers.
Day of Action pairs volunteers with one-time "hands on" projects in Lincoln County that provide immediate payoff for the community. Recipients of Day of Action projects could be the community's homeless residents, children in need of a summer reading boost or - you make a suggestion!
Why did United Way start Day of Caring? Many people have difficulty finding time to volunteer outside of work hours, but still have a great interest in volunteering. Day of Caring allows work groups to volunteer during work hours, thereby creating a team-building exercise while providing much needed labor to local non-profit agencies. United Way collects volunteer project requests from community partners in early summer. These projects are then posted for corporate volunteer teams to sign up for late-summer. United Way provides technical supports to assist partners participate and have a successful Day of Caring.
Who participates in Day of Caring? Organizations with a 501c3 nonprofit status are welcome to submit a project request to participate in United Way’s Day of Caring. Religious organizations that provide community outreach programs, such as food pantries or address education, financial stability, and health impact areas, may also submit project requests that support these programs.
Any company or group of 2 or more people can form volunteer teams and sign up for volunteer projects.
What is the Day of Action? The Day of Action is a day in which the community works together towards a common goal; providing assistance to those in need, partnering with community members and law enforcement and enhancing the lives of others as well as the community as a whole. Last year, thousands of people in more than 300 communities around the world participated in Day of Action! Join us to make a difference!
Volunteers from Worldmark by Wyndham assembled Literacy Kits to help children throughout Lincoln County build the literacy and social skills needed to succeed during the summer break. Learning to read by the end of third grade is the most important predictor of a child's future success. Literacy kits inspire creativity among volunteers and bring books to life to deepen a child's reading experience. Support for young readers though a book, activities and props all inside a colorful kit is a special treat for a child that will impact them now and into the future.
This Day of Action project will lead to a lifetime of learning for a child.
The 2016 Day of Action Project
Volunteers from Angell Job Corps, Lincoln County, the Lincoln City Community Center and Worldmark by Wyndham assembled "Go Bags" to assist the homeless. These included a poncho, space blanket, sanitary items, water, foodstuffs, dry socks and other helpful items in a sealed bag within a reusable backpack. Kits were made available for distribution by officers with Newport and Lincoln City Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Patrol.
"Go Bags" make a real difference for people on the streets when agencies are not open, or there are no services immediately available.