Days of Caring 2014 Going for Impact

| July 30, 2014

Tucson’s largest volunteer effort is gearing up for October event

Days of Caring bannerDays of Caring is a huge undertaking. Each year every nonprofit, day care, and school in Southern Arizona is invited to submit a project— painting, landscaping, reading to kids, you name it, to the United Way. And each year the United Way gathers thousands of volunteers, mostly groups from area businesses, schools, and the military, and puts together two days of massive volunteerism.

Last year 3,020 volunteers completed over 200 projects submitted by 131 charities. And while those numbers are pretty amazing, Whitney Thistle, Manager of Events and Volunteer Programs at the United Way of Tucson, tells me that they aren’t looking to grow the event by 45% like they did in 2013. This year they are focused on projects with real impact, projects that will make significant improvements in the community.

Nonprofits that participate benefit in many ways. Besides getting a lot of help for a day, they get exposure to new volunteers who might just become donors and supporters. And all of us benefit from the community’s focus, even for two special days, of the work that nonprofits do and the challenges they face.

So if you are a nonprofit organization, get your project submitted right away. The deadline is August 12, 2014.

If you want to look for a project to help with, visit the Days of Caring website after September 2nd. Address questions to daysofcaring@unitedwaytucson.org.

There will be lots of great opportunities, I promise.

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Category: Events, Volunteerism

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