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What kind of volunteer opportunity is Day of Caring?

It's definitely not a typical day at work when you arrive at a United Way Day of Caring. The idea is simple. An organization needs a new fence, or a paint job, or some landscaping, or some food hampers. So a local business donates a team of employees to get the job done. But it's not just about the fence. It's about a sense of caring through volunteerism and connecting people in the community with different skills, different knowledge, and different backgrounds. It's about team-building for those employees, who have the chance to learn about the programs and services that the organization offers.

A United Way Day of Caring is a unique opportunity for employees, students and other organizations to come together and make a difference in our community by taking part in meaningful volunteer projects to help local community organizations.

  • TD Bank helped paint the walls of the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society in 2015.
    TD Bank helped paint the walls of the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society in 2015.
  • Freedom 55 Financial helped serve hot breakfast at the 7-10 Club to people in need in 2015.
    Freedom 55 Financial helped serve hot breakfast at the 7-10 Club to people in need in 2015.
  • Freedom 55 Financial helped serve breakfast and worked in the kitchen at the 7-10 Club serving hot breakfast to people in need in 2015.
    Freedom 55 Financial helped serve breakfast and worked in the kitchen at the 7-10 Club serving hot breakfast to people in need in 2015.
  • Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Campbell River Target Helping Adult Care Society do some hard work! Jan 2013.
    Campbell River Target Helping Adult Care Society do some hard work! Jan 2013.
  • Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    Target Nanaimo Feb 2013 - Helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • BMO Staff helping clean-up Volunteer Nanaimo Dec 2012.
    BMO Staff helping clean-up Volunteer Nanaimo Dec 2012.
  • BMO helping at the Boys and Girls Club in Oct 2012.
    BMO helping at the Boys and Girls Club in Oct 2012.
 


Day of Caring Forms

Download additional information and request forms for both corporate groups and interested community partners.

 

Here are a few examples:

  • Help host a special event such as a community barbeque, picnic or holiday party
  • Spruce up an agency partner's walls with a fresh coat of paint
  • Work alongside community residents to help beautify a neighbourhood by planting flowers or participating in a community cleanup

United Way will match your group with an agency partner or not-for-profit organization to complete a project that complements your priorities, schedule and available people power.

What do you need to know?

  • Day of Caring projects are available year-round and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Day of Caring projects are meant for groups. Most projects require anywhere from 5 to 20 employees.
  • A list of projects currently available will be provided for you to choose from. If you have an idea for a project that is not on our list, please let us know and we will see if there is a need for this kind of project among our agency partners.
  • Most projects require two to four weeks of planning. Larger, more complex projects may require more time to plan.
  • Most projects are a half-day or a full-day in length. Some larger projects may span over multiple days.
  • All volunteers are required to sign a Media Release form that allows us to take pictures at the Day of Caring. We encourage volunteers to take digital pictures during their project and share with United Way to post on our website and distribute through social media.

 

How do I get started?

Download additional information and request forms for both corporate groups and interested community partners.

Contact Gillian at 250.591.8731 or rda@uwcnvi.ca and let us know what kind of volunteer experience you're looking for.

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