Day of Caring
Fostering group volunteerism and learning within our community
Day of Caring is about making a difference with more than just dollars. It's about reminding people of the importance of volunteerism and the need to give back to their community. On one day each year, United Way KW matches volunteers from organizations and workplaces with various projects throughout the Region. Through many caring acts of volunteerism, local businesses, organizations and social service agencies are encouraged to work together for the betterment of our community.
4th Annual Day of Caring
Day of Caring 2013 will take place on Wednesday June 12, 2013. Day of Caring will begin with a morning rally event at Uptown Waterloo Public Square where participants will recieve a free continental breakfast, sunglasses and meet their United Way KW Reps for the day! We look forward to seeing you there. For more information click here. Read below and visit our facebook page to find out what happened last year!
8:00am-9:00am - Morning Rally in Uptown Waterloo Public Square
8:40am - Speeches
9:00am-9:30am - Participants travel to project sites
9:30am - Projects commence and end at pre-arranged time
Day of Caring Forms
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Day Of Caring 2012
Day of Caring was filled with excitement, energy and experiences that will last a long time. Experiences like the ones we all shared on September 19th remind us why our community is amazing.
We celebrated at the Kitchener Market and enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Scotiabank. Slam Dunk Entertainment pulled out all the stops with a soaring performance.
2012 Campaign and Leadership Champion, Jennifer Allan from Economical Insurance, spoke to the crowd and encouraged the community to give or increase their gift by the amount of their birth year. For example, if you were born in 1956, you could donate $19.56 off your pay or donate $195.60 or $1956.00. We introduced our Youth Champion, Madi MacIntyre, she talked about the youth initiative for this year. Our CEO, Jan Varner, encouraged everyone to get involved to reach this year’s goal of $5 million.
But beyond soaring basketball players and great food, Day of Caring left unforgettable moments for many. Over 200 people donated their time to many different projects in our community. From beautifying gardens to painting murals - change started in KW.
There are many touching stories from the day. One story came from Sunlife Financial. They were painting walls at the supportive housing unit for women and children who would otherwise be homeless. The most moving part of their day happened while painting the hallways of the shelter. A young child approximately 3 years old watched the group add some colour to the walls and said a simple “thank you.”
It is moments like those that remind all of us why it’s important to get involved in our community.
Together, change started here! A special thanks to everyone involved that helped to make this event a huge a success.
Check out our Facebook album for photos from the event.
Our generous sponsors