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Project Ideas

Offer a Class to Clients on:

  • Resumè preparation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Buying groceries on a budget (take a shopping trip)

Host Training for Your Staff on One of the Following Topics:

  • Giving presentations
  • Emergency preparation and response
  • Sensitivity towards clients in a particular area
  • Use of software
  • Use of social media to promote agency
  • CPR certification

 Projects to Benefit Seniors:

  • Organize a performance for clients: music, theatre, dance, etc.
  • Arts and crafts projects for seniors
  • Teach the elderly to use smartphones/social media

Projects to Benefit Students:

  • Host career day
  • STEM for students (science, tech., engineering and math)
  • Connect students/youth with other agencies-farm work, etc.?

Other Projects to Benefit Your Agency:

  • Photography to document work of/promote agency
  • Car wash for agency vehicles
  • Fun event such as carnival hosted by WorkSource

Light Construction Work

Skilled projects such as:

  • Drywall installation/repair
  • Construction of a ramp/deck/porch
  • Gutter and/or roof repair
  • Repair or installation of flooring

*General projects such as painting are also great!

Logo and T-shirts


Please use the following link to order your Day of Caring Team T-Shirts, provided that you are NOT part of a UVA Team: DOC T-Shirts

The deadline for ordering t-shirts is Thursday, August 31, 2017. 







Kickoff Breakfast Rally

Join us for the Kickoff Breakfast Rally from 8-9am the morning of the Day of Caring, hosted by the University of Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena. Enjoy a fresh breakfast and plenty of coffee and music to help get our volunteers ready for the day. Don't miss this opportunity to network with other teams/agencies while joining in all of the fun! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Day of Caring?

The United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring is a day of service in the greater Charlottesville, Virginia area in the fall when thousands of volunteers from local companies and organizations make a difference at local nonprofits and public schools, and in the lives of students and clients by completing much-needed projects. If you are not in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, please contact the United Way in your area.

When is the Day of Caring?

Day of Caring is typically the third Wednesday of September every year. The next Day of Caring is on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

How do we sign up to participate in the Day of Caring?

Agencies can submit projects and volunteer teams can register on-line beginning in June. If you would like to be added to our notification list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What is the Kickoff Breakfast?

The kickoff breakfast is an opportunity for all of the volunteers, agency representatives and sponsors to fill up on great food, meet up with your volunteer team or agency representative and receive a fabulous send-of from United Way staff and volunteers.

What do we do if it rains on the Day of Caring?

There is no "official" rain date for the Day of Caring because many projects will take place indoors and will go on, rain or shine. The Rally will go on if a light rain occurs and will cancel in a downpour. However, if a project is weather-dependent, the agency and volunteer team should work out a rain plan. Pre-determine an alternate day to complete the project, and determine how you will get the word out to all volunteers that the project has been rescheduled.

What kinds of projects can we get involved with?

Historically, the Day of Caring has offered all kinds of projects to volunteer teams. Types of projects include landscaping, painting, clerical, human service and construction.

How much of a time commitment is it to coordinate a volunteer team?

Coordinating a volunteer team takes different amounts of time depending on how many volunteers will be participating and how you communicate with your team. Volunteer Team Leaders will spend time determining how many employees would like to participate and in what kind of project, submitting necessary forms to the United Way, attending a one-hour meeting in August, working out details with the agency project coordinator and communicating those details to the volunteer team. E-mail and web access will greatly reduce the amount of time spent coordinating a team.

What is the agency expected to provide?

It is expected that the agency will provide all major supplies and tools necessary to do the project. It is up to the agency to seek donations of supplies and tools, if necessary. Agencies should try to provide lunch, snacks, drinks and water, especially for volunteers at all-day projects. In addition, agencies should add special event volunteers to their insurance policy.

Have a question you don't see listed here? Contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Planning Timeline


April 24, 2017


Registration Opens for Local Public Schools


June 9, 2017


Deadline for School Project Submissions


June 12, 2017


Registration Opens for Agencies (Non-Profits) and Teams


June 26, 2017


Project Registration Opens for Agencies/Non-Profits


July 21, 2017


Deadline for Agency Project Submissions


July 21, 2017


Deadline for Volunteer Teams to Register


August 3-4, 2017


Volunteer Team Leader Trainings


August 7, 2017


Project Preview List Available Online


August 11, 2017


Project Selection for Teams


August 25, 2017

Deadline to Order Team T-Shirts


September 8, 2017


Deadline to RSVP for Breakfast Rally


September 15, 2017


Deadline for Agencies/Schools to pick up signs & checklists at United Way office


September 20, 2017


United Way Day of Caring (Breakfast Rally First)


September 25, 2017


Survey Link Sent to Team Leaders and Project Site Coordinators


September 29, 2017


All Surveys Due to United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area


September 29, 2017


Deadline to Return Signs to United Way office


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