Day of Caring is Thursday, October 22, 2020.
United Way of Charlotte County's annual Day of Caring has been a day for the community to give back to our nonprofits in the form of fun, but often intense, projects. You've painted, you've cleaned, you've organized. This year we are asking you to serve in a differant way just as our agencies have. Can you help replenish the tangible needs of these organizations? Can you help restock the bare shelves of our agencies so that we can all continue to do the good work that is still desperately needed in Charlotte County? Every dollar that our agencies do not have to spend on stamps, copy paper, school supplies, personal care products, non-perishable food items, et cetera, is a dollar that will go back into providing services to help our residents.
Join United Way of Charlotte County for a Campaign Kickoff Rally near the Sears Auto Center in the Port Charlotte Town Center parking lot from 9-11 AM. Meet our Campaign Cabinet, and Partner Agencies! Things are a bit different this year. Included in this list are the items that over 15 local non-profits are in most need of. Have fun, collect as much as you can! This year there are options to for helping with fundraisers, urgent supply drive needs, be a reading buddy or donate blood with your group or place of business. It would be awesome if you and your team could join us.
- Select your item from this list, click here.
- Begin collecting as many of your items that you can! Do it as an individual, group, family or business!
- On October 22, from 9-11AM drop off your items through a contact-less drive through to your selected Partner Agency in the Port Charlotte Town Center parking lot near the old Sears Auto Center.
- Or you can park your car and do some networking! All safety precautions apply, wearing your mask and social distancing.
The value of volunteering
While the projects seem simple, the tasks cannot be accomplished without these volunteers. Building a stronger community and addressing the root cause of many issues is dependent on volunteer assistance. Volunteers partnering with the United Way have the ability to impact lasting change in Charlotte County across the three cornerstone issues affecting every community - education, resources and health.
Volunteers receive personal satisfaction from helping and gain perspective on the needs in their community. If solving community problems isn’t motivation enough for volunteering, reports also show that volunteering helps you live longer. Volunteering can benefit each of us in the following ways:
- Feel better - physically, mentally and emotionally
- Manage and lower stress levels
- Develop deeper connection to the community and to others
- Achieve higher productivity from employees who volunteer
- Foster stronger relationships with colleagues
- Gain positive feelings for employers who promote volunteering.
Last year, October 23, 2019
On Wednesday, we met at the Charlotte Sports Park to celebrate our annual campaign kickoff and rally! Over 200 people gathered at 8:00 AM for a light breakfast where they received Live United t-shirts, final details and then moved onto volunteer sites for a fun, productive day.
Over 100 volunteers worked with 21 local non-profit agencies on their projects. They did everything from painting, landscaping, stuffing bags, cleaning, sorting, organizing, assembling, building, writing, encouraging and so much more. We have heard so many ways that lives were touched in our community.
Each year, for Day of Caring we organize teams from local businesses to give back to the community and help a nonprofit. This year, September 20, 2017 we had over 80 volunteers heading all over the county to landscape, paint inside and outside, garden work, organize shelves, bag diapers, prepare healthy snacks and so much more. Everyone received our new #gamechanger t-shirt because afterall they are helping us change the game right here at home. The agencies were so appreciative and are still commenting on the excellent work.
Let us help you plan your own Day of Caring, whether you are business, group from the community or individual. If interested, you can call 941-627-3539 or complete the volunteer interest form or if you would like to sign up for next year please email firstname.lastname@example.org.