United Way Day of Caring: projects and volunteers wanted

news release

United Way of Indian River County’s 26th Annual Day of Caring event is quickly approaching and is reminding volunteers and non-profit organizations to register for the event.

Day of Caring volunteers provide vital support needed to accomplish projects that many non-profit organizations may not have the resources to complete.

“This year’s Day of Caring is going to make such a difference to our local organizations,” said Meredith Egan, Chief Executive Officer. “After such a challenging year it will be great to have volunteers lend a helping hand and make that impact.”

Volunteers are invited to register individually or with a team of friends, family, or co-workers. All volunteers must register by Friday, September 17. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed to participate, and no special skills are needed.

All Indian River County non-profits, churches, and schools are invited and encouraged to submit a hands-on project that volunteers can assist in completing. Types of projects include but are not limited to painting, cleaning, organizing, planting, and beautifying. Project submissions are due by Friday, September 10. Organizations do not have to be a current partner of United way to apply.

All volunteers and project host organizations will be invited to join the Kick-off Breakfast on the morning of Saturday, October 2, to mark the official start of the UWIRC Annual Campaign. Breakfast and t-shirts will be provided for all volunteers.

“Everyone will gather at the First Presbyterian Church at 8:00 AM and enjoy a prepackaged breakfast,” said Community Impact Coordinator, Stacy Benezra. “There will be a short video and a few words from newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Meredith Egan and from our campaign co-chairs. Following all volunteers will head to their assigned projects for a 9:00 AM start time.”

In 2019, more than 1,200 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and put on their work shoes to help complete 67. Unfortunately, the event was not held in 2020 because of the uncertainty of COVID-19.

“Day of Caring is our biggest volunteer day of the year, and we’re trying to provide as many opportunities for people to get out and volunteer,” said Stacy Benezra. “We’ve all been isolated for so long and want to get outside and really show our appreciation to our community.”

Day of Caring is subject to cancellation or change due to changes in COVID regulations and policies. We continue to monitor CDC, Florida, and Indian River County government guidelines. All protocols will be made clear at each project site, and volunteers will be instructed upon arrival of any safety procedures.

All participants will be informed of any changes before October 2, 2021. We appreciate your understanding.

Projects and volunteers can be registered at UnitedWayIRC.org/DOC or contact Stacy Benezra at (772) 567-8900, ext. 120 or Stacy.Benezra@UnitedWayIRC.org for more information.

About United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a solid foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website, UnitedWayIRC.org.

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