Day of Caring Volunteer Registration Guide

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Volunteer Registration Guide

United Way’s largest single-day volunteer event returns on June 18, 2024, and we're so glad that you want to be part of it!

Whether you’re registering to volunteer as an individual or as part of a group, this guide will help set you up for success.


Getting Started

Before you begin, you'll need to create your VolunteerWNY account at

  • Click Sign Up and follow the instructions to register as a user
  • You will need to sign into this account to register for your Day of Caring project

Volunteer WNY home page

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Registering for your project

There are a few different ways you can register for a Day of Caring project, either as a team or individually. 

If your organization is a Day of Caring sponsor or special partner, stop here and refer back to the instructions supplied to you by United Way to register for your specific project. Questions? Contact Suzette O’Brien at dayofcaring[at]

registering as a team - for team leaders

Before your begin, you will need to know:

  • How many volunteers are in your group?
  • Which volunteer time slot does your group prefer (morning only, afternoon only, all day)?

Time to register!

  • Sign into your VolunteerWNY account
  • Click on the Day of Caring Banner or use the Find My Project link at to view all our Day of Caring Volunteer Opportunities.
  • Browse available volunteer opportunities based on your team’s interests, availability, and team size.
  • Once you’ve identified your project, Click on Respond As Team to reserve your volunteer slots for your team.

Volunteer WNY page showing the respond as a team button

Create your project team:

  • Create Team Name
  • Click Add Me and Check the Box as a Leader
  • Reserve Additional Slots for the rest of your team members using the dropdown.
  • Click Finish

Your team’s volunteer slots are now reserved for Day of Caring!

Build your team page on

Now it's time to add your team members:

  • Click on Manage Team
  • Click on Copy Join Link
  • Send the Join Link to your team’s volunteers to invite them to register for your project

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Team response page on

Need to add volunteers to your project directly?

  • Click on Manage Team
  • Click on Add Team Member
  • Enter your team member’s information into the form
  • Click Add Team Member

Registering as a team - for team members

  • Log into your account.
  • Click on the link provided to you by your team leader.
  • Click Join Team to complete your registration. 

Registering as an individual

This year, for the first time, individual community members can sign up directly to join a Day of Caring project! Follow the instructions below to register for your selected project.

  • Sign into your account
  • Click on the Day of Caring Banner or use the link at to view all our Day of Caring Volunteer Opportunities
  • Browse available volunteer opportunities based on your interests and availability
  • Click on Respond to reserve your volunteer slot
  • When you click respond, you will be prompted to select your t-shirt size and to sign the Day of Caring Waiver (you will not be able to register for the project until both of these are completed)
  • Once you have completed the t-shirt and waiver requirements, you may need to click on respond again
  • Submit Opportunity Response to finalize your registration!


Day of caring faqs:

My organization is a Day of Caring sponsor. Should I still find and register for my own project?

No. You will receive instructions directly from your team lead and/or United Way about registering for your assigned project. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

What is VolunteerWNY?

VolunteerWNY is a site managed by United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, created to connect volunteers with opportunities offered by nonprofits, faith-based organizations and educational institutions. Once registered, volunteers can search for and respond to volunteer opportunities that meet their interests and availability all year long!


I have more questions...
Contact us at dayofcaring[@]