Day of Caring

Day of Caring

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. 

Donation Kits and Drives

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:

  • Family Meal Kits. Many seniors, individuals and families are struggling right now and may have limited access to nutritious food. Many are unable to cover the essential costs in order to pay for basic healthy foods, and food insecure households may be forced to put their budget towards other necessary expenses.  
  • Personal Hygiene Kits. There is an urgent and continuous need for hygiene products and toiletry items. These necessary and expensive items are unattainable for many, especially those who are most vulnerable.
  • School supplies.  Many families cannot afford to buy school supplies.  Simple kits can make learning at home just a little bit easier.

Meal Kit 1

Dry Pasta Noodles, Pasta Sauce, Dry Parmesan Cheese, Salad Dressing

Meal Kit 2

Beans, Small Dry Pasta Noodles, Beef or Chicken Stock / Bouillon Cubes, Canned Vegetables

Hygiene Kit 1

Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Soap or Body Wash, Hand Sanitizer, Shampoo, Comb/Brush, Pkg Band Aids, Socks

Shelter Kit

New socks,
New Underwear, Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Supplies Kit

Backpack and/or Lunch Bag, Colouring Pencils/ crayons, Notebook

Make a “Day of Caring” donation

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

For more information, please contact or call 613-542-2674