On May 8 & 9, 2014, more than 1,200 individuals wearing blue Day of Caring T-shirts went out into the community to donate their time and skills. Because of their efforts, staff time was freed up to work directly with the clients they serve on a regular basis. Thanks for all your hard work! To see which companies participated, click here. We were able to:
- Build five accessibility ramps, giving seniors more independence.
- Prepare camps to welcome children for summer programs.
- Including increasing safety for children at camps by posting safety signs, securing window covers
- Increased safety by painting lines on parking lot
- Saved staff time and energy by prepackaging bins with needed materials for projects
- Prepared helmets so horseback riders have fun while being safe
- Plant seeds to produce fresh food for low-income families in 14 community gardens
- Help more than 3,100 students sign up for summer reading programs through the local library to help retain reading skills
- Paint and rehab homes
- Sort and box food, resulting in providing 17,215 meals to hungry families and veterans in the community
- Moved 21,691 lbs of food
- Assembled 517 emergency food boxes
- Packed 108 backpacks
- Pick up litter throughout the community, beautifying the:
- Medical district
- Czech Village/NewBo – edged and mulched planter beds; scraped and repainted benches
- Downtown district
- Kingston Village
- River bank
- Cedar Lake Trail
- Build a playground, giving kids in the community a safe place to play
- Building repair and beautification for nonprofits to improve the space where clients are served
- Deconstruct an old barn for materials to be reused creating Indian Creek Nature Center’s New Living Building
- Cleaned and organized community food pantries, freeing up time for staff and volunteers to focus on delivering the food to those in need
Day of Caring is now DAYS of Caring!
We are currently planning Day of Caring activities for Thursday May 8 AND Friday May 9, 2014.
You can also find more information in the PowerPoints below.
Click here to download and print a poster that you can use to recruit volunteers. Use the white space to add your own information.
Thank You, Volunteers and Companies!
Day of Caring was on Thursday, May 9, 2013! You may have seen these yellow shirts around town as more than 1,100 people volunteered!
2013 Day of Caring stats:
Estimated 1,100 volunteers
“This day helps so many area organizations, it’s great to see people come out and lend their muscles,” said Sue Driscoll, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Manager. “We hope that volunteers enjoyed the experience and will choose to sign up for more volunteer opportunities in the future at UWECI.ORG/VolunteerNow.”
Volunteers contributed an estimated 5,000 hours. The estimated total volunteer impact to the community was $110,700. As a result of these volunteer efforts:
- Three ramps were built to give seniors more independence
- Several camps are now ready to welcome children for summer programs
- Many seeds were planted that will produce fresh food for low income families
- Over 6,000 students know how to sign up for summer reading programs through the local library
- Homes were painted and rehabbed
- Food was sorted and boxed
- Liter was picked up throughout the entire community
- If you drive by or visit many of the nonprofit agencies they are looking pretty good right now with fresh paint and landscaping. Staff can now focus their efforts on providing service to clients.
Thank you to these 2013 companies and employees for participating:
Breakfast Of Champions
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Climate Engineers, Inc.*
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Erb’s Technology Solutions
Evergreen Packaging Equipment*
Holmes Murphy & Associates
HR Green, Inc.
J-TEC Associates, Inc.
Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative*
Mercy Medical Center*
Millhiser Smith Agency
NextEra Energy Duane Arnold LLC
Ovation Networks, Inc*
NCS Pearson, Inc.
Quaker PepsiCo/Local 110*
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
The Gazette Company*
Toyota Financial Services*
United Fire Group*
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital*
Van Meter Inc.
Veridian Credit Union
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Personal Care Item Drive at the Human Services Campus – Details here
Click here for our May 20, 2013, Corridor Business Journal Thank You ad.
Day of Caring is the largest organized one-day volunteering event in the Cedar Rapids area. In 2012, United Way of East Central Iowa helped organize around 1,200 volunteers working on 85 projects in the community. For the past few years volunteers have come from over 50 area businesses and have volunteered at over 40 non-profits in the community.
Some examples of volunteer projects include:
- Building a wheel chair ramp
- Gardening projects
- Painting projects
- Light construction at agency playgrounds
- Stocking food pantries or boxing food for families.
This year’s Day of Caring is Thursday May 9, 2013. Projects will include: all day, morning, and afternoon shifts.
The deadline to sign up volunteer teams or to submit a project has passed. If you have questions or comments please contact us here.
Volunteer opportunities – A complete list of volunteer projects can be found starting the first week in April. Companies can register and pick their projects then.
2012: Day of Caring Partnership between United Way, Non-Profits, Companies and the City
Around 1,200 volunteers in neon green shirts from 54 companies participate in this year’s United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
In all, there are 85 projects and 44 agencies are being helped.
Marc Gullickson, CEO at Ryan Companies in Iowa and who is chairing this year’s United Way campaign with wife Cathy, is one example of how Day of Caring brings the community together.
“We are encouraging our team to spend the day cleaning city trails,” Marc says. “It’s the perfect mix of public companies working through United Way projects to help the non-profit community as well as the City of Cedar Rapids.”
Wheel chair ramp builds
Several camp clean up projects
A couple of trail clean-up projects
Deep cleaning at nonprofit agencies
Spring clean-up projects
Stock food pantries and boxing food for families
Light construction projects
Gardening projects at HACAP and Horizons
Park clean-up projects