ONE DAY. 3,000+ VOLUNTEERS. MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME.
United Way’s largest single-day volunteer event returns on June 21, 2023!
This year, we're mobilizing the caring power of our community in more ways than ever. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make a difference this year!
Quick Jump Menu: Volunteer | Be a Day of Caring Fundraising Champion | Host a Community Shower | FAQ
VOLUNTEER AS A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL
New this year: volunteer teams and individuals will select and register for their Day of Caring project through VolunteerWNY.org! Browse our available projects and select one that fits your group size, skills and interests.
Don't have a team? For the first time, individuals can register directly for Day of Caring, too!
Registration opens to the public on Monday, May 8th. Whether you're an individual volunteer or a group team leader, you can create your VolunteerWNY.org account today so that you'll be ready to choose your project on launch day.
Find the perfect volunteer project for you or your group today!
Need help registering? View our step-by-step guide!
Don't forget if you're participating in Day of Caring you will need to fill out a waiver here
BE A DAY OF CARING CROWDFUNDING CHAMPION
Day of Caring isn't just a day to roll up your sleeves and get to work, but it's also a great opportunity to highlight the amazing work being done by nonprofits all over Erie County!
This year, we're inviting volunteers and community members to amplify the impact of Day of Caring through our first ever Day of Caring peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
Each of our Day of Caring project hosts has its own fundraising team. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the host nonprofit and United to help offset any material costs for Day of Caring projects as well as provide general funds to help the host nonprofit and United Way continue the ongoing work that is being done to support our community!
Check out our fundraising guide & toolkit for helpful tips and tricks.
HOST A COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER
Community Baby Shower is now part of Day of Caring!
Being a parent can be a challenge for anyone. It can be even more difficult for expectant parents who already struggle to make ends meet. You can show how much you care for our newest community members and provide valuable encouragement and support to new moms by participating in this year's Community Baby Shower.
When you host a baby shower or collection, donate critical baby items, or make a monetary donation, you are giving more families a good start—and that builds a stronger community for us all. There are two ways you can support the Community Baby Shower for day of caring, you could host a Community Baby Shower and collect essential baby items for families in need (find the most needed items list here), or you can become a Community Baby Shower fundraising champion and raise money to purchase supplies for families in need.
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 dayofcaring[at]uwbec.org with any questions!
How will the funds be allocated?
Funds raised by each team will be split 50/50 between United Way and the host nonprofit. United Way will collect donations through June 30, 2023 and then distribute funds raised to host nonprofits through our regular bi-monthly nonprofit payment cycle.
How can I help to promote the fundraiser?
United Way will provide a toolkit, complete with graphics, sample emails and social media posts, and crowdfunding tips for you to spread the word about how to support your Day of Caring fundraising team.
Thank you to our generous Day of Caring Supporting Sponsors:
- Ingram Micro
- ACV Auctions
- Buffalo Bills
- Independent Health
Thank you to our generous Day of Caring Presenting Sponsors: