Last September, more than 1,000 University of Virginia employees volunteered through the annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, completing more than 100 projects. It’s time to start planning for this year’s outreach effort, set to take place on Sept. 17.
The Day of Caring serves non-profit organizations and schools in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties. Participants tackle a range of projects, including painting, landscaping, construction, arts and crafts, tutoring, office work and more.
U.Va. staff and faculty members are encouraged to form teams and designate team leaders, who will choose a project for the group when the list gets posted online in early August. Team registration runs through July 23, and the project selection process begins on Aug. 13. A team leader training session also will be held in August to help leaders plan the day.
Teams can work on full-day or half-day activities to suit their members’ skills and interests.
United Way is still registering projects for agencies and schools. It’s OK to share information with organizations that might like to participate and let them know they can register at the Day of Caring website, where volunteer teams also register.
“Many of the non-profits and schools participating in the Day of Caring rely on your time, energy and talent to undertake these tasks on their wish list,” said Lis Christian, who coordinates the U.Va. program.
After registering a team online, contact Christian of U.Va.’s Community Relations Office at 434-924-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the team information from the Academic Division. U.Va. Health System employees should contact Dawn Niles at the Health System Community Relations, Outreach and Service Office at 434-924-2946 or email@example.com