When Days of Caring Goes Virtual

By United Way of King County, on September 21, 2020 | In Events, Volunteering

Because of the pandemic, we reimagined the biggest volunteer event in the state to five days of virtual do-it-yourself and socially distanced ways to volunteer, give back and work toward a more equitable community.

And to be honest, we weren’t sure how it’d go. This was a BIG shift. But it was awesome, and that’s all thanks to you—our incredible community who came together to help one another out.

On day one we took action:

  • 466 people fulfilled supply drives for 78 nonprofits! One volunteer even incentivized support by promising baked goods in return: a dozen cookies or a half dozen cupcakes for every box of diapers donated. Other volunteers tapped their friends, family and neighborhood networks to fulfill supply drive requests.
  • Companies like Nordstrom, Microsoft, Paula’s Choice, T-Mobile, Urban Renaissance Group and PACCAR all hosted supply drives and collected so many needed items!
  • And we learned that 40% of people identify their volunteering style as Ron Swanson.

On day two we spent some time learning. We read, we watched and we took action by testing our hidden biases, signing up for a virtual volunteer project and grabbing takeout from a local Black-owned restaurant.

On day three we advocated. We had 45 people attend our virtual Speaker Series event on voting and advocacy, featuring a special message from retired Sounders player Brad Evans. Other people volunteered to get the word out about the importance of voting and helped Solid Ground get additional people registered to vote.

On day four we fought for social justice. We saw 1,000+ people sign up for in-person and virtual volunteer projects like making masks from home for El Centro de la Raza. People tuned in to learn more from Dr. Ben Danielson and Dr. Matias Valenzuela about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is making.

“Thank you so very much for all your engagement and efforts to make Days of Caring come together during this unbelievably weird year.”

Bellevue Orchard Gardens

On day five we found ways to continue giving back throughout the year. Ten Emerging Leaders made their annual commitment on Friday and several set up monthly donations committing to year-long support. Some signed up to attend future events or to lend a hand at a future volunteer opportunity.

We are grateful that so many people embraced our new normal and joined us virtually for Days of Caring. Even though Days of Caring has ended, your commitment to helping our community doesn’t have to be over. Think about how you might commit to giving all year long. The need is great, but our community is greater.


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