On Tuesday, September 12, more than 4,500 volunteers from local companies and organizations volunteered their time to make an impact on the community. 

Over the past 24 years, United Way of Central Iowa has organized this massive, one-day volunteer event to promote employee engagement, raise awareness about community issues, and benefit central Iowans who need our help. 

These volunteers helped lead the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. Beacuse of their generosity and hard work, United Way and our funded programs are better able to serve our neighbors and reach our Goals for 2020—making sure that students graduate high school, families are financially stable, and all central Iowans live successful lives.  

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Click to view a photo album from Day of Action.

2017 Day of Action

By the numbers:

  4,511 volunteers

             46 companies

                     160 projects 

                            26 nonprofits

                                15 schools

3,000 books given to kids

110 alarm clocks collected       

665 hygiene kits donated                

250 dressers assembled                       

9,438 volunteer hours                                

Total Economic Impact on Central Iowa: $225,000

How to Get Involved

Keep the action going by joining an ongoing volunteer program, or plan your family's own personal Day of Action with a one-time volunteer opportunity.

  • VITA: Volunteer to help prepare tax returns for middle- and low-income central Iowans. 
  • Power Read: Volunteer to read with and mentor an elementary school student for 30 minutes a week.
  • Book Buddy: Volunteer to read with 4-year-olds to help prepare them for kindergarten.

Visit the Volunteer Opportunity Hub


TAGS: Volunteer

Shirley Burgess

About The Author: Shirley Burgess

Shirley Burgess is the former Volunteer Engagement Officer for United Way of Central Iowa.