Day of Action

Imagine ending your workday confident that you improved others' lives. That your day's volunteer experience was a gift to yourself and to others. And Tuesday, September 15 is the date this is happening. Over 3,000 volunteers strong!
Volunteers chose from one of United Way's three signature volunteer projects that align with community Goals for 2020 in education, income and health, or select from a variety of projects that benefit broader nonprofit partner needs in central Iowa.
The key is to take action. To volunteer. Or better yet, to organize a team of volunteers! The choice to help is yours. In a single day, you can improve others' lives.  Sign up will open on July 1, 2015

 United Way of Central Iowa invites you to participate in two featured Day of Action signature projects:


United Way's Read Learn Succeed

Across the Des Moines metro area in schools where reading proficiency is particularly low, third graders are awaiting your arrival. They know today is special. Special because today, you’re going to read the book "Stellaluna" with one of these students and help her or him with understanding character empathy and point of view. Your involvement will help build their literacy skills and confidence. Not convinced this is for you? Maybe this will change your mind.   Don’t miss the chance to not only help third graders’ reading skills, but also have a wonderful time with those delightful young people!  Registration is closed for 2015.


Finishing Touches

What makes a house feel like home? Is it the yard for the kids to play? Or a shed to hold the bikes and mower? You can provide these finishing touches for families in need. Join United Way of Central Iowa in partnership with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity. Choose one of these two important projects:


Building Storage Sheds

If you are handy with a hammer and tape measure, or willing to learn these skills, this project is for you! In just one afternoon, together we will assemble the wall panels and roofs for sheds that will accompany the 28 Habitat homes planned for 2016. The sheds are a vital part of each Habitat home - measuring 8x10 and painted to match the home. We provide everything you need to make this a productive and fun afternoon - instructions, tools, and standby support from beginning to end. Registration is closed for 2015.


Sod and Landscaping


It's time for sod and landscaping at six Habitat homes being built this summer! Families are moving into these homes in early September- in a single morning your team will make the place feel like home by laying sod, creating a landscape bed, planting a tree and shrubs, and placing rock around the foundation. The sod and supplies have all been ordered - all we need is you and your team! Registration is closed for 2015


It's Alarming!

Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school.  Nationwide, as many as 10-15% of students miss nearly a month of school every year.   Poor attendance isn’t just a problem in high school.  It can start as early as kindergarten.  Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of school year.  Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.  The good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve.  One simple way is to make sure students wake up on time each morning.  United Way is partnering with Des Moines Public Schools to collect and distribute 600 alarm clocks to students in grades K-12 as part of Attendance Awareness Month. Registration is closed for 2015.


Day of Action general projects

Companies are asked to organize teams of four to 20 employees for Day of Action projects that can be completed in just a few hours. These projects cover a variety of interests and will benefit United Way nonprofit partners throughout Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties.

Some examples of past projects include: 

  • Painting a room at a shelter
  • Hosting a back-to-school picnic
  • Helping with lawn and landscape work at a school or United Way nonprofit partner


Registration is closed for 2015 Day of Action.

  • You can view details about each project to find just the right one
  • Once you are ready to select your project select to register
  • You will be asked to create an account (just a few easy questions
  • Next enter your team name (company name) and number of volunteers
  • Select and your project registration will be complete


Please register your team by August 29.


If you are interested in participating you can download the Company Roles and Responsibilities and Volunteer Project Leader Checklist, which will assist in your planning of a successful event.

For more information contact Erica Sherman.