What would happen without Day of Caring?

By United Way of King County, on September 18, 2018 | In Volunteering

Day of Caring is special. Once a year THOUSANDS of people take the day to give back to their community alongside  friends, family and co-workers.

It’s easy to picture. In fact, maybe you’ve seen it for yourself. Teams of people in matching shirts dispersed all over town with shovels, paint brushes, work boots and more, attacking whatever project needs to be accomplished.

It’s one of our favorite days and one that reminds us of the power of our community.

Keep the goodness going! Find more volunteer opportunities – It’s always a good time to give back. And we know you’re good at it!

Imagine for a minute what would happen if Day of Caring wasn’t the huge, impactful event that it is.

What would happen?

  • An entire field of beets at Chinook Farms in the Snohomish River Valley would not have been picked, washed, sorted and packed to fill up an entire semi-truck headed to local food banks.
  • A community of 50 seniors calling an assisted living facility home would still be looking at dingy, dirty, outdated walls. Now they enjoy fresh, new paint and a brightened up space.
  • The tiny homes in Lake Union Village wouldn’t have newly furnished floors, painted walls and landscaped exteriors.
  • A new awning wouldn’t have been built for the front of the Queen Anne Food Bank to shelter waiting customers from the rain and wind.
  • Youth wouldn’t have access to a new app that will more connect them with mentorship, leadership development and other resources.
  • Materials wouldn’t have been created for one-on-one literacy intervention kits. This approach has helped one local school close the achievement gap for African American boys and propel all students forward in reading.
  • 40,000 pounds of carrots wouldn’t have been harvested for 300 local food banks in Western Washington.
  • A warm, nutritious meal for 30 shelter guests wouldn’t have been prepared, cooked and served.
  • 600 medals for young kids who participated in a FIRST LEGO League (a program that uses Legos to introduce STEM concepts) wouldn’t have been created.
  • New tables, chairs, dining room sets and more wouldn’t have been built and assembled for family shelters for a safe and welcoming environment.

And these are just a few of the 370 projects completed in one Day of Caring.

Want to fuel more good like this in our community? Make a gift today so that we can continue to use people-power to create positive change.


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