United Way Day of Action: June 21, 2017
Each year, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live.
Now in its fifth year, United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by improving the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, income, and health.
How it works:
- Sign-up to be a Day of Action volunteer.
- Recruit your friends, family and co-workers.
- Tell us about your Day of Action. Share your plans on Facebook, post photos of your community work to Instagram and follow us on Twitter @UWay1000Lakes (tweet using #DayofAction).
- Advocate for Education, Income and Health. Speak out. Write a letter to the editor.
- Wear a LIVE UNITED t-shirt.
Join hundreds of other active volunteers for a variety of hand-on projects. Projects range from gardening and landscaping to painting and assembling. Volunteers will be matched with the project that most closely aligns with their group size, skill level and interest. Register for a full day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) or half day (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Alternate Day of Action June 22nd (in case of rain).
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HOW TO PLAN A PROJECT
Day of Action is an incredible opportunity to tackle large and small projects at in the community that otherwise may not get accomplished. We would like your help in brainstorming ideas for this year’s Day of Action. We are seeking worthwhile project ideas that volunteers will enjoy and that will make an impact on the services you provide. Involve your entire organization in suggesting/planning a project. Keep in mind the day begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m. on June 21st.
DEVELOPING A PROJECT:
Step 1: Identify unmet needs in the community or at your agency
Are there projects at your agency that have never been finished, or maybe projects that never even got started? Are there past projects that can be expanded? Does your agency have a wish list? Are there new initiatives you would like to kick-off on the Day of Action? Take a look at annual events, daily activities and the well-being of your clients—can any of these be improved through a Day of Action project? Can a small or large group of volunteers accomplish these tasks on one day?
Step 2: Share with your colleagues
Use time during a staff meeting, or set aside another time, to speak with your co-workers about Day of Action. Ask them to brainstorm how volunteers can help (use our worksheet to generate ideas).
Step 3: Select projects
Can the project be substantially completed in the allotted working time with non-professional workers, allowing time for set-up, break down, agency briefing and lunch? Is the size and complexity of the project appropriate, considering the volunteers’ skills? Is there a need to coordinate the work around client services? Does the project scope require a building permit?
Step 4: Identify project budget and needed resources
Determine how your agency could contribute to the project, include supplies and materials. What resources are needed, include paint and other materials from local businesses, as well as volunteer tools. Often volunteer teams will happily bring their own supplies.
Step 5: Propose a Day of Action Project
Once you have come up with ideas, send them to United Way of 1000 Lakes via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.