In 2014, 30 Day of Caring® projects were completed with United Way. We worked with 18 local non-profits and 23 different businesses and organizations to complete the Days of Caring®. There were 1810 volunteer hours contributed by 280 volunteers so that the non-profits got their projects completed!
What is a Day of Caring®?
The idea is simple. A non-profit organization needs a project such as painting a fence, landscaping, or building planters done and a business volunteers a group of employees to get the job done.
“The work completed today by volunteers would have taken us more than a year to complete on our own.” This is what Alana Weaver, Volunteer Coordinator with Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association, had to say after a Day of Caring with Canadian Western Bank. Over the past three years, they have worked together to replace fencing, repaint the arena and barn, strung electric wire and purchase a supply shed.
But at the end of the day, a lot more has been accomplished than the project at hand. Day of Caring® projects allow organizations and businesses to learn about a local non-profit, their role in the community and the resources and programs they offer. It also gives business and non-profits the opportunity to build relationships that grow year after year as they continue to work together.
In a survey conducted by Thompson Rivers University, participants cited “learning new skills” and “team building” as the greatest benefits of this initiative. This survey also showed that 45% of the participants surveyed increased their donations of time to the community after participating in a Day of Caring®.
In the fall of 2014, Family Tree was on the verge of closing its door before Teck Highland Valley Copper stepped in with a donation of $50,000 to United Way to build capacity and sustainability. This lead to a very unique and heart felt Day of Caring® just one month after Family Tree moved into their new home. Ten volunteers arrived with tools in hand to help build two fences, two gates and storage shelving to help keep the children of over 50 families that access the center’s resources safe and store donations that will be redistributes into the community.
Without the work of volunteers during Days of Caring®, many projects merely would not be able to be completed. Not only are businesses able to offer support, resources and the know-how to get the job, they have a good time doing it. One participant said, “Out office still talks about the Day of Caring 2-3 years later. They really liked feeling useful/helpful as a team, to the community.”
These unique partnerships and projects help local non-profits build capacity and sustainability allowing them to serve more of those in need ultimately building a stronger tomorrow for our community.
Sign up your non-profit or business for a Day of Caring® today! Email Taylor-Rae at email@example.com if you have any questions.