Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Ashley DeMuth 
United Way of Dunn County 

2019 United Way Day of Caring Project Application 

Does your organization/program need a volunteer team for a specific project? Have you been holding off on completing a 'to-do' list due to lack of helping hands? Submit a project application for the Day of Caring! Project applications are due by July 1, 2019.

The Day of Caring will take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Projects will be divided between shifts, based on volunteer availability and project needs.  Your agency may choose to host a project for morning, afternoon or both. Each volunteer shift will include 3-5 volunteers.  Larger groups may be requested and will be assigned based on availability.  Agencies must appoint a “Project Leader” who will help coordinate the Day of Caring at the Agency, as well as provide leadership for the volunteer group during the action project.   United Way will provide water and t-shirts for your volunteers during their project work time. 

Partner Agency FAQs: 

We appreciate everything your agency does for our community and hope this day helps give back to you.  Below are some frequent questions and answers about this event.

What is Day of Caring?   Day of Caring is a United Way event that deploys teams of volunteers on-site to Partner Agencies around the community to perform hands-on tasks.  Projects should be simple enough that volunteers could accomplish the task in a three-hour timeframe. Examples include simple landscaping, painting, spring-cleaning, meal packaging or organizational projects.  Please contact our office if you have questions about project ideas.

What happens if it rains?   Day of Caring is a rain or shine event. If inclement weather prohibits volunteers from working at your agency on the Day of Caring, the call to reschedule a day to complete these projects will be between you and your assigned volunteer team.

How are supplies provided?   Your agency is responsible for having all supplies necessary for the volunteers to complete your projects.  You may want to make a checklist of needed supplies and review this list with your Volunteer Team Leader before the Day of Caring event so they know what type of project they are completing.

Who leads the project? Please have a “Project Leader” to oversee the volunteers. Your agency representative should be prepared 30 minutes before the volunteer team’s start time.  Leaders will welcome volunteers, thank them for their time, share a little about what goes on at your agency, and explain the details of the work to the group of volunteers.  Check in periodically with your volunteers to make sure they are doing okay!  At the close of the event, thank the volunteers (again) for coming.  You are welcome to provide snacks or treats for your volunteers but it is not required.  United Way will provide bottled water and t-shirts for your volunteers.  

How will I know my volunteers?   The volunteers will be easily identified by the United Way t-shirts they are asked to wear.  You will also want to make sure that your “Project Leader” contacts the Volunteer Team Leader at least one week prior to the event.  This will allow you to introduce yourself to the Volunteer Leader for your project and go over any important information with them before the Day of Caring.

What else is needed from agency sites?   Volunteers will be asked to sign a photograph waiver before they start their project.  We ask that someone at your location takes photos during the event to send to United Way during project completion, for social media and website posting. Agencies are also encouraged to post on their social media and websites about this collaborative effort.

What is United Way’s role?   United Way of Dunn County’s role is to recruit the volunteers, coordinate teams, and match those teams with projects throughout the community. In addition, our role is to contact the civic and business community regarding sponsorships and supply donations for volunteer t-shirts.

Why is United Way hosting this event?   By hosting Day of Caring, the community is exposed to local service agencies that provide much-needed health and human services to Dunn County.  It is also a chance for the community at large to get involved in making Dunn County a better place to work and live.