Every year, the United Way Day of Caring brings together enthusiastic teams of volunteers to lend a hand to area non-profit agencies.

The 25th Annual United Way Day of Caring, being held on Friday September 18 and Friday October 16, will look a little different from previous years, while still evoking the same spirit of unity and community service that has defined the day since it was founded in 1995.

The event has expanded to two days in order to accommodate agencies that have been busier than usual providing services for community members impacted by COVID-19. Agencies and volunteers will also be expected to follow health and safety requirements based on Massachusetts state mandates and CDC guidelines, including wearing masks when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. AIS, Inc. has generously donated masks for volunteers from its Sew-the-Masks philanthropic program.

In addition, in place of the usual Kick-Off Breakfast and Thank-You Barbecue, both event days will feature virtual kick-offs with raffle prizes and other fun activities.

Despite the event’s revised schedule and activities, volunteer projects will be similar to those from previous years, as teams can work on tasks such as cleaning up trails, landscaping, painting faded walls, organizing material and sewing library book bags.

“The volunteers’ health and safety is our first priority,” says Fran Longton, United Way of North Central Massachusetts Volunteer Center Manager. “While the year’s event will run a little differently, we’re looking forward to seeing the same great enthusiasm and community spirit and getting the same amazing results for non-profits.”

We invite local non-profits, businesses and volunteers to join us for this inspiring event:

Non-profits

Contact Fran at fran@uwncm.org or Randi at randi@uwncm.org to submit a volunteer project.

Business and individual volunteers

Register to coordinate a team of volunteers at your company, or join a team as an individual at volunteer.uwncm.org. Please check back frequently as opportunities will continue to be updated.

Businesses sponsors

Sponsoring the Day of Caring is a great way to showcase your company’s commitment to strengthening the community and improving the lives of people in our area. Sponsors are widely acknowledged through social media and event press and are listed on the back of volunteer t-shirts.

To learn more about becoming a Day of Caring sponsor, contact Natalie Nelson, Associate Director of Resource Development, at natalie@uwncm.org or 978-345-1577, ext.305.