2016 marks United Way of Southern Kentucky’s 60th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone, UWSK will be hosting 60 Days of Caring kicking off on July 18th with the currently scheduled opening of the Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Contact Center and concluding on September 15th with a Gathering of Heroes, a dinner and reception to honor UWSK’s 60 Heroes.
During the 60 Days of Caring, individuals are asked to take action to show the community how much they care and share their experiences via social media using #60DaysofCaring. Social media posts will be displayed at the 60 Days of Caring finale at the Gathering of Heroes.
As part of the 60 Days of Caring, UWSK will also be hosting a series of volunteer project days centered around the key issues it is working to impact: Education projects will be available on July 27th, projects that impact issues in Income will be available August 10th, Health projects available on August 24th, and Safety Net projects on August 31st. On these days, businesses are asked to make a commitment to offer their employees the opportunity to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects. Team participation in the Days of Caring project days, aid in building camaraderie and goodwill among employees while also helping the community. Many individuals across our community also set aside this day to volunteer their time assisting with projects. As a result, hundreds of volunteers from throughout Southern Kentucky join local non-profit organizations and make real changes in people’s lives.
Days of Caring projects also offer a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations to market their services to the community, establish relationships with local businesses, and strengthen the volunteers’ awareness of each organization’s mission. Projects will take place across Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Hart, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
Multiple projects will take place in Warren County only on each of the project dates previously listed (Education projects: July 27th, Income projects: August 10th, Health projects: August 24th, Safety Net projects: August 31st). All other participating counties (Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Hart, and Simpson) will host one main project on one of the Days of Caring project dates as selected by a local committee. Stay tuned for project details in your county made by your county committee by visiting www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com.
Non-profit organizations in Warren County interested in submitting a project proposal for any of the project dates for the 60 Days of Caring can do so now by submitting the Project Proposal Application which can be found at www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com or by contacting the United Way office at 270-843-3205. All non-profit organizations in Warren County (both United Way partner agencies and non-partner agencies) are encouraged to submit as many Project Proposals as desired for completion on the Day of Caring project dates noted above. Projects can be submitted in full and half day increments. Projects can also be submitted which will accommodate those company employees who cannot leave the worksite during the time of the event. All Project Proposals are due to the United Way by May 27th.
In 2015, more than 80 projects were completed by more than 1,200 volunteers across Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties as part of the Day of Caring.
Volunteer teams and individuals who choose to participate in United Way’s 60 Days of Caring on the project dates this year will be able to select their projects based on the information provided by the participating non-profits in the project proposals starting June 8th at www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information or to participate in the 60 Days of Caring, contact United Way of Southern Kentucky at 270-843-3205 or log onto www.unitedwaydayofcaring.com .
United Way’s 60 Days of Caring: The impact is immediate, but the experience will last a lifetime!
United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.