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Day of Caring Means Local Impact

The numbers are in, but they don’t tell the whole story of our United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring on September 18:

DoC LOGOforWeb2300+ Volunteers

230 projects at 104 local nonprofit agencies and schools

Employees from 60 local businesses participating

A total value of $303,000 in donated labor

All in one beautiful, uplifting day of community spirit.


Here’s more:

5 schools had maps or sundials painted on playgrounds or entranceways.

8 playgrounds at schools and one homeless shelter are cleaned, painted and mulched.

happy DOC painters for web8 hiking/nature trails are cleared.

7 school libraries or book rooms are newly organized.

Dozens of rooms at nonprofits and schools are freshly painted.

Two carnivals were held – one for seniors and preschoolers and one for adults with disabilities.

Numerous gardens are weeded, planted, mulched and bordered.

246 children at the UVA Children’s Hospital will receive handmade blankets

Kindergarten boxes for webChildren in foster care will have personal care kits and suitcases.

Senior citizens in Scottsville loved having a prom.

Children entering kindergarten in Charlottesville City Schools next year will receive learning activity boxes to help them be ready for school.


And much more.

Our volunteers eagerly spread out in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties to help their neighbors through the nonprofit agencies that serve them. The weather was perfect, and the breakfast rally at Albemarle Square got everyone in the spirit of the day through message and song - and food!

If you missed participating this year, stay tuned. We are hoping to bring you many more opportunities to volunteer alongside your coworkers and neighbors in the coming year. Please subscribe to this blog by simply entering your email in the form to the right side to receive our latest news.

Community engagement for webTHANK YOU to:

State Farm Insurance for sponsoring our breakfast

NewsRadio 1070 WINA for their support and broadcast

Charlottesville Newsplex for their television sponsorship

Dumbarton Properties for the use of Albemarle Square

FDS Tents

Photographer Jim Carpenter of Gitchell’s Studio

Raising Cane’s for the lunch at the United Way office

Albemarle County Police for the use of their traffic cones for the rally


Toy cleaner DOC for webLink to photos from the day - please send us your links!


United Way Favorites


UVA Foundation

Building Bridges


Posted by: Kim Connolly

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