For the past 20 years, United Way volunteer teams have shown their local love and helped agencies with gardening, renovations, and more at the annual Day of Caring. In 2021, the United Way will adapted the Day of Caring to allow for different opportunities, ensuring health and safety protocols were followed.
This year’s Day of Caring took place on June 11th, 2021. Workplace volunteers and community members donated items through a donation collection drive or assembled kits that were then distributed through agencies. “Day of caring’ donations to support an agency with a day’s worth of program funding were also possible.
A big shout-out and thank you to all volunteers, workplaces, community members and staff that made the 2021 Day of Caring a big success. As with everything in 2021, this year was a bit different, but we were thrilled that so many stepped up to donate kits and funds to support programs in the community. 300 kits were donated (and more are being dropped off every day). Additionally, items were donated and financial contributions of $7000 were made.
A special thanks to Empire Life, Novelis, Assurant and Korinne Peachey for sponsoring the day; thanks to the Correctional Service of Canada for the space to collect items. Thanks to the many workplaces and community members that dropped off kits on June 11th – it was amazing to see the thought and creativity so many put into the kits. They have now been distributed to agencies throughout KFL&A and are making their way to community members in need.
Collection drives: Non-perishable food, gently used clothing, menstrual hygiene products, new toiletries and new items like socks, underwear are always useful.
Donation kits can be assembled in a ziploc bag, grocery bag, or box and could even include an inspirational note or quote for the recipient – get creative. Kits are also a great opportunity to get kids involved, especially with everyone spending extra time at home right now.
Kits and collection drive items can then be dropped off at two locations (below) on June 11,,2021 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or workplaces and groups can arrange for a pickup by a committee member.
Correctional Service of Canada’s Regional Headquarters – 443 Union Street
Correctional Service of Canada’s Collin’s Bay Institution – 1455 Bath Road
Here are some suggestions if you or your workplace would like to assemble a kit to be donated:
In addition to the kits listed above, you or your workplace can also participate in the Day of Caring by making a donation to support a program at an agency in the community for a day. Here are some examples of “Days of Caring” in the KFL&A community.
$137 supports a day of emergency shelter for youth experiencing homelessness
$82 supports a day of nutritious meals and snacks for children at school
$132 supports a day of food delivery and check-in programs for rural seniors
$108 supports a day of counselling for individuals couples or families
$55 supports a day of housing and life skills training for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship
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