2019 Day of Caring Results in 700+ Volunteers Helping with Service Projects

(Canton, OH) May 14, 2019 – May 17 will be United Way of Greater Stark County’s largest Day of Caring yet with 732 volunteers, 42 service projects, 40 nonprofit or school locations and 39 workplaces participating in 12 cities.

Day of Caring is an annual one-day event where non-profits submit service projects they need assistance completing and then workplace volunteer groups are matched up to complete them. Each year, it is the largest volunteer event available through United Way of Greater Stark County.

“The number of volunteers and projects submitted for Day of Caring continues to increase every year,” says Maria Heege, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Stark County. “So many nonprofits in our area need help with service projects and this volunteer event allows us to help a lot of them in a short period of time. We are so grateful to the many volunteers and organizations participating this year to help make this community a better place for everyone.”

Project sites include tasks in Akron, Alliance, Canton, Carrollton, Hartville, Louisville, Magnolia, Massillon, Minerva, Navarre, North Canton and Wilmot.

Project tasks include things like weeding and landscaping, painting, deep cleaning, construction, serving food and more. Since there are so many volunteers helping throughout all of the projects, this event is able to make a big impact in a short amount of time.

Day of Caring is an annual opportunity for local businesses, organizations, service groups and individuals to give back to the community through volunteerism. It offers workplaces a team-building exercise to develop leadership and communication skills, plus the wide range of projects makes it easy to match up groups of all sizes and capabilities. 

Huntington Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the event, Canton Repository is the Corporate Sponsor and Liquid Custom Apparel and Gifts contributed an in-kind donation.

 “2019 represents the ninth year Huntington has served as the Presenting Sponsor of Day of Caring,” said William C. Shivers, regional president of Huntington Bank in the Canton and Mahoning Valley Regions. “We look forward to spending the day with individuals and business volunteers to complete service projects. We are so excited to have the largest number of volunteers we have recruited in a few years. We thank you and can’t wait to see you all in the flashy black and green Day of Caring t-shirts as we work alongside one another for the betterment of our community. And remember, help us spread the outstanding work of our volunteers on social media with the hashtags #dayofcaring2019 and #uwstark.”

While you are out and about this Friday, May 17th, keep an eye out for volunteers in their black and green Day of Caring shirts. If you see someone working that day in a Day of Caring shirt, be sure to thank them and snap a picture! Post the pictures to Q92’s Facebook wall, tell us where you took it and you will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

The 2019 Day of Caring Media Kit, containing all the workplaces and nonprofit service projects, is available to download at www.uwstark.org/day-of-caring

For more information about volunteer group participation engagements, contact Laura Prengaman, Director Corporate & Volunteer Engagement at 330-491-9953 or email laura.prengaman@uwstark.org.

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit www.uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.