Day of Caring Project Application form

 

Thank you for your interest in United Way of Androscoggin County’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2024!
To submit a project for the Day of Caring please complete the form below. If you have multiple projects to submit, fill out a form for each project. Please consider the following when submitting projects:

  • Each project must require at least 2 volunteers.
  • Projects should last at least 4 hours (Most volunteers plan on a full day).
  • Agencies are expected to provide water/beverages for volunteers.
  • Agencies are required to provide all tools necessary to complete the project.

Please submit form by Friday, August 16, 2024. If you have any questions about the United Way of Androscoggin County Day of Caring, please email Doreen at reception@unitedwayandro.org

DAY OF CARING PROJECT APPLICATION

Agency / Organization Information
Project Information
Project Address

Frequently Asked Questions

What is United Way’s Day of Caring?
It is an annual day of action that connects teams of corporate volunteers with nonprofits from across Androscoggin and Oxford Counties. Volunteer teams roll up their sleeves and provide much-needed manpower to complete full or half day projects they’re assigned to at local agencies.

Our agency is not a United Way Funded Partner – may we still participate in Day of Caring?
Absolutely! Day of Caring is open to all nonprofits, community organizations, service clubs, etc.

What kinds of projects do nonprofits submit for Day of Caring?
It depends on the needs of your organization, creativity and resources. Projects could include, but are not limited to: yardwork, painting, landscaping, deep cleaning, supply/pantry organization, donation room sorting, fence building, assembly of furniture and playground equipment, creating welcome kits for shelter guests, clerical or administrative projects such as bulk mail collation, etc.

I have questions about whether or not our project would be a good fit.
Ask us! Just send an email to reception@unitedwayandro.org and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. 

What will our agency need to do to prepare for Day of Caring?
We suggest appointing a Project Leader for each project within your organization. This person is responsible for planning, gathering supplies, developing instructions, etc. If you’re a lean team, consider asking a board member or volunteer to step up to the plate. If you have satellite locations, you should have a Project Leader at each project location. Please keep safety top of mind in all preparations.

Is there cost associated with Day of Caring?
Yes, depending on your projects. Nonprofits hosting Day of Caring projects are responsible for providing any required supplies, materials, tools, equipment, etc. for the completion of your project(s). Many agencies are resourceful to ensure cost effective projects, such as borrowing or renting equipment, seeking donations, etc. The in-kind human capital or sweat equity presents huge cost savings! Nonprofits are also expected to provide lunch for their volunteers.

May we submit more than one Day of Caring project?
Yes, you’re welcome to submit multiple projects but please complete a separate project application form for each one.

What is something agencies forget to do on the Day of Caring?
Often agencies are so focused on the task or projects at hand, they forget to seize the opportunity to educate and inspire Day of Caring volunteers about their mission. Warmly welcome volunteers with a brief tour, talk about why your agency exists and the value it brings to our community. Remember, there may be potential volunteers, donors or allies in the room. Last but not least, don’t forget to say thank you!

Maine weather is unpredictable … What do we do in the event of inclement weather?
Given the myriad logistics associated with this event, we are unable to schedule a rain day. Volunteer teams and project sites are encouraged to connect directly to discuss inside projects, make alternative arrangements, etc.

Will additional communication on Day of Caring be provided?
Yes, after you register a project you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive notification of what teams have been assigned to your project(s) after registration closes. Otherwise, submit questions to reception@unitedwayandro.org.

Should we publicize our Day of Caring participation via social media?
Absolutely! Before and after photos are awesome. You can post directly to United Way Androscoggin County's Facebook page or you can email us photos to post and to use in future promotional materials.