Day of Caring 2020

 

 
United Way of Washington County will host the 29th annual Day of Caring on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Day of Caring is Washington County’s single largest community service effort. By engaging people in volunteerism, United Way works to create positive change in Washington County.  The Day of Caring is only possible with the help of hundreds of volunteers and assistance from local sponsors and businesses. In 2019, the 28th Annual Day of Caring had a record-breaking year, with 1,804 volunteers participating in 146 different projects – this was the largest turnout in history for Washington County’s Day of Caring.   This is an event that mobilizes over a thousand volunteers to work on a variety of service projects at local nonprofit organizations and homes of the elderly and/or disabled and military veterans. United Way facilitates the much-needed projects performed in the community, at no cost to the homeowners. The additional resources and volunteers allow nonprofit organizations to continue focusing on serving the needs of Washington County.

Day of Caring for Washington County, MD provides a variety of services that help individuals with home safety and minor repairs on projects that include painting, gardening and more.  In our community, there is a need for assistance to help make one’s living situation more comfortable and safer. These are the kinds of projects for which the Day of Caring is designed. Nonprofit agencies and elderly, disabled, low-income & military veteran homeowners are invited to submit project applications by July 01, 2020. 

Individuals and teams are invited to register today! Volunteers are encouraged to sign up before August 2nd to receive an official Day of Caring t-shirt! The first 10 volunteers/teams who sign up will receive a prize donated by participating local businesses. 
Volunteers who sign up after 8/2 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt*. Volunteer applications will not be accepted after August 20, 2020. 

This signature, one-day community-wide volunteer event connects businesses with nonprofit agencies & residents in need of assistance. Sponsorship opportunities uniquely position area businesses as community leaders. There are many different opportunities and ways to be involved with Day of Caring. For more information, please contact Allison Dillow. Join and share our facebook event here.
Check out the news coverage from the 2019 Day of Caring Herald Mail Media & WDVM

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:
Your United Way understands the effects that COVID-19 is having on our community, right here in Washington County. This is why we are actively preparing a change in plans for this year's annual Day of Caring. We still have every intention of hosting Washington County's largest volunteer effort on September 17th. However, we are fully aware that this year will be different. We understand that many projects and events will need to be restructured, postponed and cancelled due to the health and safety of all involved. We will adjust to the changes as they continue to take place and will follow the CDC requirements and Governor's orders at that time. 

Our community needs this day, now more than ever. We need the support from our volunteers and community partners. Every year, our area's nonprofit agencies and residents who are elderly, disabled, low-income, and military veterans rely on volunteers to make positive change happen. This year we understand volunteer recruitment will be a major challenge. We are calling upon you, our community, to think outside the box. Consider alternative options such as virtual or remote projects.  Is there an alternative project you or your team would be interested in completing? What else can you do to show how you #LIVEUNITED? Show us how you make change happen in Washington County (all year long). Tell us how you care for friends, family, neighbors and our community. Please contact us with your thoughts and ideas


2020 APPLICATIONS

PROJECTS

Projects are no longer being accepted. We look forward to receiving your application next year! 

VOLUNTEERS

Reigstration for the physical Day of Caring projects has closed. We are still very much encouraging volunteers to sign up for alternative and virtual projects, check out our list of events below - these are fantastic ways to volunteer outside of participating at a residential or nonprofit site project. There are many other great ways to participate this year. We would like to know what you are doing to give back and care for our community. Sign up below to let us know what you'll be up to surrounding the Days of Caring. 

Anyone can volunteer! We have a list of alternative projects that is inclusive of all skill levels and interests! Click below for inspiration on how you can become part of Washington County's Largest Volunteer Effort, or sign up to "Care & Share". 

Alternative Day of Caring Project Ideas

SIGN UP HERE TO CARE & SHARE

SPONSORS

Sponsorship opportunities uniquely position your company as a community leader – engaging your customers, vendors, employees, and public alongside “America’s #1 trusted and most recognized philanthropic brand.” - Forbes 2019.
We have sponsorship opportunities for all budgets. Something new this year : **Choose your project assignment, simply sponsor the cost of the project**. More information below.  INTERESTED IN SPONSORING WASHINGTON COUNTY'S SINGLE LARGEST COMMUNITY SERVICE EFFORT? 

LEARN MORE ON HOW TO BECOME A DAY OF CARING SPONSOR TODAY! 

YOU CAN ALSO ENTER YOUR SPONSORSHIP PAYMENT THROUGH OUR WEBSITE! Just be sure to select "Day of caring" in the designation field and enter the level of sponsorship in the field below. 


all the ways to participate: 

KICKOFF PARADE

Typically we host a kickoff breakfast and opening ceremonies on the morning of Day of Caring. Althought we aren't able to host this energy building pep-rally this year, we will be hosting another opportunity for you to take part in and witness the fun and enthusiams from hundresed of other Washington County volunteers. We will be hosting a Day of Caring parade in which all volunteers and teams are invited to attend in their vehicles. A route will be provided as well as addtiional details on how to participate. We will kickoff Washington County's largest volunteer effort in style, as we take a short trip around Hagerstown to show off our spirit and love for Washington County!  Registration & more details coming soon! 

Community Book Drive

The Community Book Drive is a collection of new and gently used books appropriate for infants and children ages 0-11. The collection is a partnership with United Way, Hagerstown Rotary Club and Hagerstown Area Religious Council. 
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL BOOK DRIVE INFORMATION.

Personal CarING Drive

The Personal Care Drive is a collection of new personal hygiene items such as shampoo and toothbrushes. This collection is a partnership with United Way and Community Action Council of Washington County.
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONAL CARE DRIVE INFORMATION

Community Health Fair

The Health Fair will take place at Family Healthcare of Hagerstown from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12th. A Covid-19 Care Kit and a health fair bag with health and wellness resources as well as giveaways, will be provided, while supplies last! 
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL HEALTH FAIR INFORMATION.

 

Humane society & United Way PEt adoption day 

More details coming soon!

 

Red CROSS & UNITED WAY BLOOD DRIVE

United Way and the American Red Cross have partnered to offer you an alternative way to participate and volunteer for Day of Caring this year. Come out, donate blood and save lives! A win-win for all. We will host two seperate drives, Wednesday September 16th and Thursday September 17th. 
More details & registration coming soon!
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL BLOOD DRIVE INFORMATION.

 


documents and additional resources

2020 Day of Caring Flyer

Alternative Ways to Participate - Care & Share

Visit the Day of Caring Apparel Store - Purchase Your Day of Caring Gear

Join & Share our Facebook Event


TEAM LEADER DOCUMENTS

Training Slides - 

LOWE'S COUPON

Cash Reimbursement Form

Expense and Reimbursement Request Form

Gift Card Receipt Form

Project Budget Form

Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability

MINOR Volunteeer Release and Waiver of Liability


THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 Day of Caring SPONSORS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Without you, this day would not be possible!