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United Way Day of Caring encourages community members to show their local love on June 11th
Annual Day of Caring adapts due to pandemic restrictions, focuses on collection drives, donation kits and “days of caring”
KINGSTON, ON (May 20, 2021) – For the past 20 years, every June, United Way KFL&A volunteers have gathered in teams to help agencies with projects at the annual Day of Caring. The day is traditionally an opportunity to help agencies with gardening, renovation, cleaning projects and learn about the impact of their donations.
With public health measures in mind, this year’s Day of Caring will take place on Friday June 11th, 2021, and will look a bit different. The United Way Day of Caring volunteer committee has been hard at work putting together different ways for community members to engage and continue to show their local love.
Community members and workplaces are encouraged to run a collection drive, assemble donation kits or even donate a “day of caring” to a specific program in KFL&A.
“With current health and safety protocols we weren’t able to do the traditional Day of Caring again this year, but we wanted to find a way to continue the spirit of the day,” said Committee chair, Michele Finney. “We encourage people to do collection drives with their coworkers or neighbours, put together donation kits with their kids and family members or even support an individual program that they care about. We hope community members will continue showing their local love and support in these ways.”
Collection drives could include everything from non-perishable food items to clothing to hygiene supplies, and with the help of local agencies, the Day of Caring committee has also come up with a list of donation kits that could be put together. The kits could be a meal kit for a family or a hygiene kit for a teen – community members are encouraged to get creative and add in inspirational notes or decorate the kit box.
Kits and collection drive items can then be dropped off at three 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
In addition to collection drives and kits, community members can also donate a “day of caring” to fund a United Way funded program for a day. These include a night of emergency shelter or a day of food boxes for seniors.
For a full list of suggested collection drive items, donation kits and “days of caring” visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca/dayofcaring
About United Way KFLA
United Way works with individuals, organizations and key partners to build and strengthen our community bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. Our vision is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging.
Mandy Pasch, Manager, Marketing & Communications
United Way KFL&A