Day of Caring

26th Annual Day of Caring

United Way of the Eastern Panhandle will hold the 26th Annual Day of Caring on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  Although this year will be different than previous years of gathering, the mission remains the same: to UNITE our community through volunteerism and giving.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our traditional Day of Caring activities in an effort to protect the health of our community while following all state and local guidelines. 

All physical projects will take place outside and will be for groups of 10 or less.
***A limited number of physical projects have already been filled.

To promote caring throughout our community, we have created a list of virtual or remote projects for individuals, children, and families that can be done online or offsite while practicing appropriate social distance and safety recommendations (see below). We invite you to get creative and think of your own activities to make an impact in our community. Be sure to share how you cared for our community by posting your photo, video, or story to social media using #DayofCaringUWEP

Please read and follow these CDC Recommendations to stay safe during Day of Caring. 

MEGA Food Drive

In conjunction with Day of Caring, the MEGA Food Drive generates almost three tons of food for area food banks including Berkeley County CCAP, Morgan County Backpack Program, and Jefferson County Community Ministries. To get involved, simply organize a food collection drive at your workplace, church, or civic organization to take place now through October 15. Contact United Way or any of the participating agencies to arrange drop off of your food donation. Be sure to let them know your donation is part of the MEGA Food Drive.

Food collection will also take place on Tuesday, September 15 at the Food Lion in Berkeley Springs from 9am-1pm.


Virtual Day of Caring Project Ideas

To promote caring throughout our community, we have created a list of virtual or remote projects for individuals, children, and families that can be done online or offsite while practicing appropriate social distance and safety recommendations. We invite you to get creative and think of your own activities to make an impact in our community. Be sure to share how you cared for our community by posting your photo, video, or story to social media using #DayofCaringUWEP

  • Share the Love with our Business Community
    Many of our familiar activities have been put on hold which has heavily impacted businesses throughout our community. Support the businesses in our community by:
    1) purchasing gift cards 2) ordering takeout and 3) writing positive reviews for your favorite businesses on social media platforms.
     
  • Share the Love with our Neighborhoods
    Check on a neighbor. Offer to pick up groceries or do yard work. Chalk your drive or walkway and create positive messages and joyful designs to uplift your neighbors and make their day brighter! Sometimes just a hello or a wave can make someone's day!
     
  • Virtual Story Time
    Send us a video of you reading a children's story to help parents and child care centers keep kids engaged in learning.
    Send videos to United Way of the Eastern Panhandle at info@uwayep.org.
     
  • Donate Blood
    One donation can potentially save up to three lives. To find a blood drive through the American Red Cross Serving the Greater Shenandoah Valley, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text BLOODAPP to 90999.
     
  • Support Local Nonprofits
    Support the organizations that support our community by:
    1) Follow 10 nonprofits on social media 2) Give to a fundraiser 3) Make a donation 4) Donate food, clothing, hygiene products, or wish list items 5) United Way of the Eastern Panhandle will host an Online Silent Auction on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. All funds raised will be used to measurably improve people's lives in the Eastern Panhandle. Have an item to donate? Contact United Way at info@uwayep.org.
     
  • MEGA Food Drive
    In conjunction with Day of Caring, the MEGA Food Drive generates almost three tons of food for area food banks including Berkeley County CCAP, Morgan County Backpack Program, and Jefferson County Community Ministries. To get involved, simply organize a food collection drive at your workplace, church, or civic organization to take place now through October 15. Contact United Way or any of the participating agencies to arrange drop off of your food donation. Be sure to let them know your donation is part of the MEGA Food Drive.Food collection will also take place on Tuesday, September 15 at the Food Lion in Berkeley Springs from 9am-1pm.
     
  • Messages of Hope
    Spread hope and joy to older adults in our community by creating cards and artwork for Berkeley County Meals on Wheels to deliver with a meal. Use your creativity, some paper or notecards, and any other art supplies you have to create uplifting messages to let homebound seniors know that their community cares about them. Mail to:  Berkeley County Meals on Wheels, 116 E. King St, Martinsburg, WV 25401.
     
  • VolunteerEP.org
    Visit volunteerEP.org to browse or search for volunteer opportunities, learn more about local nonprofits, and even create and maintain your own Volunteer Resume.

Download the flyer here.