Building a Stronger Community, Together
Washington County's Single-Largest Volunteer Effort
Join us on September 16, 2021
What Is The Day of Caring?
The Day of Caring is the single largest 1-day community service effort in Washington County, MD. With the help from local sponsors and businesses, as well as the mobilization of hundreds of local volunteers, our community rallies together to create positive change. United Way facilitates Day of Caring projects that are designed to serve our community's most vulnerable residents including the elderly, disabled, low-income, and military veterans at no cost to them. Many nonprofit organizations are also supported through this event which allows them to continue focusing on serving the needs of Washington County. Our residents and nonprofit organizations need our help to make their locations safer and more comfortable for those inside.
Day of Caring projects involve a variety of services and can include minor home safety repairs, painting, cleaning, tidying, landscaping, gardening, and more!
**Covid-19 Update: Out of an abundance of caution, residential applicants will only be considered for exterior projects. Nonprofit applicants may be considered for interior and exterior projects on a case-by-case basis.**
Submit a Project Request
If you're a qualifying homeowner or nonprofit that has a project you would like completed on the Day of Caring, please call: 301-739-8200 x 103 or email: email@example.com.
The Project Request deadline was June 30th, 2021, but project requests after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Whether you are an organizational team or an individual, we invite you to serve with us! If you're interested, please review each of the below documents. The time to complete volunteer forms has passed, but if you would still like to be involved, please email Jocelyn Hauer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Additional documents you might need:
Become a Sponsor
Sponsorship opportunities uniquely position your company as a community leader - engaging your customers, vendors, employees, and public alongside America's #1 most-trusted and recognized philanthropic brand, according to Forbes' America's Top Charity List for 2020. We sponsor opportunities for all budgets.
For more sponsorship information, download our Sponsorship Information Guide.
Make an online sponsorship payment here. Just be sure to select "Day of Caring" in the designation field and manually enter the level of sponsorship in the amount field.
Days of Caring Community Events
Caring isn't a one-day thing.
Could you use support, but your needs don't fit with our event on September 16th? Do you want to volunteer, but your availability is iffy that day? Don't worry - we've got you! There are many ways to either receive local assistance or help your community.
Our Days of Caring community events are brought to you through collaboration with many of our local nonprofit partners leading up to the main event. Take a look at what we have upcoming below.
COMMUNITY BOOK DRIVE
The Community Book Drive is a partnership of the United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC), and Hagerstown Rotary Club. Over its eight year history, the Community Book Drive has collected and distributed more than 100,000 books for children’s literacy efforts.
This year, our 9th Annual Community Book Drive is collecting books from August 1 - September 9, 2021 for children ages 0-11. For more information as well as real-time updates, please visit the Community Book Drive Event Page.
How can you help?
We're looking for assistance with sorting and possibly transporting books leading up to and during our Day of Caring on September 16th. If you'd like to help, please fill out our Volunteer Request Form and select "I'd like to volunteer in other ways." Indicate that you'd like to sort or transport books in the blank space. You will be contacted about additional information.
HEALTH & WELLNESS FEST
Are you ready to have some fun and learn about health & wellness at the same time? Yes, you can do both! The Health & Wellness Fest (formerly Healthy Families Festival) is a completely FREE event that boasts:
- Activities for All Ages
- Health Screenings
- Health Education
- Cooking Demos
This event is brought to you in partnership with Family Healthcare of Hagerstown and the United Way of Washington County. This event will be held on Thursday, August 12th, from 4:30 - 7:00 pm at 201 S. Cleveland Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Mark your calendars! To access a shareable event flyer, click here.
How can you help?
We're looking for assistance with event kit packing, pre-event preparation/organization help, and food bank assistance on the day of the event. If you'd like to help, please fill out our Volunteer Request Form and select "I'd like to volunteer in other ways." Indicate that you'd like to pack kits, help with event preparation, or assist with the food bank. You will be contacted about additional information.
Parenting is hard work, but we don't have to tell you that! It's even more challenging for parents who struggle to make ends meet. That's why, in partnership with Carson Wealth Management and Family Healthcare of Hagerstown, we shower expectant parents with the support they need.
How can you help?
We need donations of critical new baby items for parents in our community who are in need or at-risk. Consider picking up the items below:
- Baby food
- Infant measuring spoons
- Car seats
- Other useful (small or large) useful baby items
Donations are collected at Carson Wealth Management, located at 19833 Leitersburg Pike, Suite 1, Hagerstown, MD 21742 now through September 13th. To arrange a drop-off time, please contact the Carson team at 301-739-8505. To access a shareable event flyer, click here.
PERSONAL CARE DRIVE
In partnership with Community Action Council, we're supporting the basic needs of vulnerable individuals in our community. Prior to the Day of Caring, items will be collected at various locations across the county. During the Day of Caring, volunteers will sort and package care kits for distribution in local shelters.
How can you help?
We need donations of new personal care items to be supplied for care kits from August 9th - September 12th. Items include:
- Toilet paper
- Body wash
- Bar soap
- Feminine hygiene products
- and more!
Public Collection Site:
Edward Jones Investment, 4 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (Contact Kelli Boyer for questions: email@example.com, 301-790-1541).**If you or your organization is interested in hosting a collection site, please contact Kim Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jocelyn Hauer at email@example.com or 301.739.8200 x 103 for more information.
To access a shareable event flyer, click here.