DAY OF CARING - Project Site Application
Overview and Application Instructions
Friday, October 7, 2022 is Heart of Indiana United Way’s Day of Caring. On this day volunteers from around Henry County will come together to serve motivated partnering nonprofits. United Way will match participating nonprofits with motivated volunteers from local businesses and service groups who dedicate their time and effort to improving our community. Although volunteers might be working on projects not directly related to the nonprofit’s mission, Day of Caring is a unique opportunity to educate community members about the important work your nonprofit does for the community.
If your nonprofit is interested in participating in Day of Caring as a volunteer project site, please complete the application below and submit it by 5 pm on September 2, 2022.
Applying organizations are not guaranteed to participate in Day of Caring. Project approval will be made according to the number of volunteers available, project viability, and volunteer feedback from previous Day of Caring events.
Applications for volunteer service sites are due by September 2, 2022. Nonprofits will be notified about project approval by September 16, 2022, and volunteer placement by September 30, 2022.
8:30 am – 9:00 am Volunteer Check-In/Lunch Pick-Up
9:00 am Projects Begin at Agency Sites
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Volunteers’ Lunch Break
2:00 pm Projects End
Participating nonprofits apply to have volunteers all day.
We would also like to offer 1-hour volunteer opportunities so people in business attire are able to volunteer to do no mess or low mess tasks and then return to their jobs. This is a great opportunity for homework help, reading, tutoring, inventory, filing, etc.
Service Project Examples
Day of Caring in the past has included: indoor/outdoor painting, office cleaning, sorting donations, neighborhood cleanups, serving meals, reading to children, landscaping/lawn work, assembling informational packets, etc.
Requirements for Nonprofits Participating in Day of Caring
- Assume that volunteers will need training on the project when they arrive at the work site. Allow time for an overview of the nonprofit’s work and mission, a tour of the facility, and orientation to work site.
- Show appreciation for volunteers taking time away from their schedule to assist your nonprofit.
- Materials needed to complete Day of Caring projects are the responsibility of the participating nonprofit and must be obtained and in place prior to October 7th. In some cases, volunteers can be asked to bring things such as shovels, gloves, etc.; but the nonprofit must specify this on the application.
- Nonprofits must provide water for volunteers at the work site(s).
- Develop a backup list of activities in case the group finishes your projects early.
- Each participating nonprofit with an outdoor project is responsible for making a backup project plan in case of bad weather. If that is not possible, please note this on the application.
- Projects are accepted at the sole discretion of the Day of Caring committee, which has the right to deny a nonprofit’s application to participate.
- Nonprofits must have Liability Insurance covering volunteers working at their project site and must upload a Certificate of Liability with the project application below.
- By submitting an application, you are agreeing to the above participating requirements.