Imagine ending your workday confident that you improved others' lives. That your day's volunteer experience was a gift to yourself and to others. This win-win captures United Way's Day of Action. And Wednesday, September 12th is the date this happens. Over 2,000 volunteers strong!
Choose 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 for Day of Action today!
United Way of Central Iowa invites you to participate in three 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 "Good Enough to Eat" with one of these third graders and help him or her with a writing activity that will build their skills and confidence. Not convinced this is for you? Maybe this will change your mind. Click Here. If you're on board, register here for United Way's Read Learn Succeed.
Reach Out to Dropouts
Last year 624 central Iowa high school students dropped out. They're on a path to earn $648,000 less over the course of a lifetime. That is unless you reach out to them. All it takes is one hour of training on Thursday, September 13th, a Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon on September 22nd, and willingness to show that you care. Sign up to be on a team of volunteers from the community and Des Moines Public Schools. Together, you'll follow up with dropouts who have received phone calls so they can reenroll, finish their education, and get back on a better path in life. What? Knock on the door of a dropout's home? If this doesn't sound like it's for you, maybe this 2011 volunteer will prompt you to reconsider. Convinced now? Register here for Reach Out to Dropouts training.
Dressers for Kids
Family violence knows no boundaries. No socioeconomic status. But safety at home is central to a healthy life. Kids who live in violence often flee with the abused parent with very little. Freedom from abuse and a safe environment is what they seek. Together we can give them more! To begin their new life, Day of Action's Dressers for Kids will assemble 300 dressers that ensure each child who is moving out of a domestic violence shelter in central Iowa has something to call their own. 300 dressers, we say? Yes, and that takes 300 volunteers. Concerned that you don't have the skills? Just watch how simple it is. Work together on a "build team" so each child referred to the FreeStore from domestic violence shelters in central Iowa has something to call their own! Register here for United Way's Dressers for Kids.
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
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 Kris Zimmerman.