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Day of Caring
In 2017, there will be two Day of Caring events.
Value of Volunteer Time: $1,657,622
Thank you to the 3,002 volunteers for sharing your time and talents with us during our 2016 Day of Caring events. Together we completed 153 projects through these hands-on, one-day volunteer opportunities.
Ideas for Projects
This year, all Day of Caring projects need to align with United Way’s Community Impact Plan. Here are project examples for non-profit organizations to consider:
Education: Students enter school ready to learn
- Read with preschool aged children
- Create literacy kits (cost could be associated)
- Spend the day in a preschool/early education room
- Update pre-school rooms/facilities
- Canvas community with preschool/early education information
Education: Students perform at grade level and remain engaged in school.
- Read with school aged kids
- Host an attendance awareness campaign
- Assist in an after school program
- Create summer survival kits to promote summer learning (cost could be associated)
- Participate in youth camp
- Update a school room or facility
- Update a youth camp
- Mentor/Big for a day
Education: Students complete high school and are college or career-ready.
- Host a career fair
- Request career presentations
- Request job shadow opportunities
- Mentor/Big for a day
- Host a financial literacy fair
- FASFA Clinic
- Host a STEM event
Income: Quad Citians have food, shelter, and transportation.
- Serve meals, prepare meals
- Install, prep, harvest gardens
- Update a shelter or living space for transitional or low income housing
- Update a room or facility providing food, shelter, or transportation
- Sort basic need items
- Host a hygiene drive
- Host a food packaging event
- Host a mobile food pantry
- Organize a food pantry
- Assist at a homeless shelter or meal site
- Host an awareness campaign/canvas community with basic need information
Income: Quad Citians increase their income through post-high school education and training.
- Sort clothing for career shopping day, have volunteers help guests shop and give tips to prepare for an interview
- Host job preparation workshop where volunteers help clients prepare for interviews, host mock interviews and share interview tips
- Set up for a clothing distribution
- Host a FASFA Clinic
- VITA Awareness
Income: Quad Citians build financial stability.
- Prepare a transitional housing unit for an individual or family
- Affordable housing home build/update
Health: Youth and adults live in a safe, healthy environment.
- Host field day at a local youth camp or school and ask volunteers to participate
- Prepare a youth camp for the summer or fall
- Install/update equipment that encourages healthy activities like a playground
- Install a Born Learning trail
- Engage in an activity with a senior
- Host a healthy/safety awareness campaign (create guides, share information, etc.)
- Host a project that promotes healthy activities like updating, cleaning or prepping for a sled hill
- Encourage interaction on the playground/play with children and youth
- Build sensory stations at a residential center
- Mental health facility clean-up day
- Update a room or facility where physical activities are done
- Winterize home/yard clean up at senior/handicapped individual home
- Host an lunch event where kids and volunteers work together to learn to “eat” their colors for a nutritious meal
Health: Youth and adults have access to mental health and/or substance abuse prevention and treatment.
- Update a room or facility where mental health services are provided
- Host a respite day where foster families, families caring for elderly, etc. get a break
To learn more about how you and your organization can get involved contact Marci Zogg or call her at 563.344.0334.
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