United Way Seeks Community Help for Largest Ever “Day of Caring” Volunteer Event

Day of Caring 2023 - North Central MassachusettsThe United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) is seeking volunteers from throughout the community to help put on their largest ever “Day of Caring” event on Friday, September 15. The 28th annual event will deploy volunteers to undertake short-term projects at dozens of local non-profits, schools and other service organizations.

The Day of Caring brings community members together for 4 hours—from 9am-1pm—to assist agencies with tasks they may not otherwise have the resources to complete. This year, due to factors including reduced staffing and increased community needs, agencies have submitted a record number of 65 projects. More than 400 volunteers have already signed up, but UWNCM needs an additional 150 volunteers to ensure all projects are filled.

Projects are located throughout the North Central Massachusetts region and include indoor and outdoor opportunities, ranging from repainting a school playground to cleaning up a community park, sewing book bags for babies, helping English-language learners with literacy by playing board games, and taking event photos.

All Day of Caring Volunteers are invited to kick off breakfasts being held in both Fitchburg and Athol as well as an end-of-day Thank You Barbecue at the Polish American Citizens Club in Gardner.

Several local companies also support the Day of Caring by sponsoring the event and enabling their employees to volunteer during work hours. Randi Vincent, UWNCM Senior Manager of Data & Technology and lead staff member of the Day of Caring, notes that the event is a true community effort.

“We are so grateful to everyone who helps bring this amazing day to life, including our many volunteers, corporate partners, and event steering committee members,” says Vincent. “Right now, the need in our region is greater than ever, which means we also have an opportunity to make a bigger impact than ever.”

Learn more about the Day of Caring and sign up as volunteer.uwncm.org.

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.