Day of Caring 2014

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!

Day of Caring 2014

We are currently planning Day of Caring activities for Thursday May 8 AND Friday May 9, 2014.

If your company is interested in participating, please sign up by clicking here.

You can also find more information in the PowerPoints below.


For companies

Click here to download and print a poster that you can use to recruit volunteers. Use the white space to add your own information.

To download the 2014 Day of Caring Company Presentation PDF, click here.

To download the 2014 Day of Caring Company Leader Guide, click here.

For questions contact us here or email our Volunteer Engagement Manager Sue Driscoll directly here.

For agencies

To download the 2014 Day of Caring Agency Presentation PDF, click here.

To download the 2014 Day of Caring Agency Leader Guide, click here.

2013 Wrap

Thank You, Volunteers and Companies!


Day of CaringDay 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:

53 companies
118 projects
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:

One-Day-of-Caring for web
Alliant Energy
Bankers Trust*
Benchmark, Inc.*
Breakfast Of Champions
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Climate Engineers, Inc.*
Cedar Rapids Community School District
DuPont-Industrial Biosciences*
Erb’s Technology Solutions
Evergreen Packaging Equipment*
GE Capital
General Mills*
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Home Depot
HR Green, Inc.
Hunter’s Specialties
ImOn Communications
Intermec Technologies*
J-TEC Associates, Inc.
Kaplan University*
Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative*
McGladrey LLP*
Mercy Medical Center*
Millhiser Smith Agency
Miron Construction
NextEra Energy Duane Arnold LLC
Nordstrom Direct*
Ovation Networks, Inc*
NCS Pearson, Inc.
Quaker PepsiCo*
Quaker PepsiCo/Local 110*
Raining Rose*
Rockwell Collins*
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
The Gazette Company*
Toyota Financial Services*
UAW 1024*
U.S. Bank
United Fire Group*
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital*
U.S. Cellular
Van Meter Inc.
Veridian Credit Union
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Wells Fargo
Whirlpool Amana


Related event:

Personal Care Item Drive at the Human Services Campus – Details here

Click here for our May 20, 2013, Corridor Business Journal Thank You ad.

Video not playing? Click here for a transcript.

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.”

Projects included:

Wheel chair ramp builds
Several camp clean up projects
Landscaping projects
Downtown clean-up
A couple of trail clean-up projects
Deep cleaning at nonprofit agencies
Painting projects
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

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