More than 450 volunteers gave their time to 20 local nonprofit organizations on Tuesday, September 13, as part of United Way of Central Iowa’s annual Day of Action, the largest day of volunteer service in the region. 


With help from our corporate and nonprofit partners, and every one of our Day of Action volunteers, we came together to advance United Way’s mission – improving lives by uniting the caring power of our community.


“Day of Action is an important event for United Way of Central Iowa. Volunteering allows individuals to become more intimately aware of the challenges people in our community face. On Day of Action, it’s also a way for our company partners to encourage their employees to get engaged in addressing these challenges. Of course, the biggest benefit is for our nonprofit partners and local schools that receive the critical support they need.”

                                           – Mary Sellers, President of United Way of Central Iowa


Day of Action Highlights


On Day of Action, our nonprofit partners team up with corporate and community volunteers to accomplish projects both big and small. Throughout this one day, volunteers worked on more than 60 projects ranging from reading with third graders to cleaning and beautifying community safe spaces. With projects for groups of different sizes, interests, and skill sets, volunteers can select a project and a United Way partner that complements their team and their goals. Volunteers go home knowing they made a difference in the lives of their neighbors in need.


Watch the Impact Video

See Volunteers in Action




With help from Sarah Underwood, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for United Way of Central Iowa, we estimated that volunteers gave more than 1,800 hours total, allowing Day of Action to have generated nearly $55,000 in economic impact for the nonprofit organizations and schools that participated this year.


“Volunteering with others is one way an individual can create immediate impact in our community. It’s our hope that Day of Action inspires people to continue to volunteer throughout the year. Our nonprofit partners and schools across central Iowa rely on the power of volunteers to provide services so many people in our community rely on.” 

                                              – Sarah Underwood, Volunteer Engagement Manager at United Way of Central Iowa

Day of Action is traditionally the second Tuesday of September every year. But nonprofits in our community need your support all year long. Find a variety of opportunities and ways for you to get involved in the community on United Way of Central Iowa's Central Iowa Volunteer Hub at

Topics: Volunteer, Essential Needs, Day of Action

Melanie Campbell

Written by Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell is United Way of Central Iowa's former Chief Donor Engagement Officer.