Day of Caring returns for 30th year

United Way of the OzarksCommunity Engagement, Uncategorized, Volunteer

three men volunteering

June 23 Event Mobilizes More than 1,300 Volunteers

Day of Caring is the largest, single-day volunteer event in Southwest Missouri. It was held June 23 and involved more than 1,300 volunteers completing 105 service projects at 41 nonprofit organizations and contributing to 26 supply drives. United Way facilitated Day of Caring projects designed to serve our community’s most vulnerable residents.

“Our community provided an incredible response to Day of Caring,” said Greg Burris, President/CEO of United Way of the Ozarks. “We are seeing that people are eager to get out in the community to help make positive change.”

This year marked the 30th year of the event in Springfield.

“Day of Caring volunteers prove an invaluable resource to our organization,” said Jody Dow, executive director of Springfield Dream Center. “By taking time out of their busy schedules and lending a helping hand to their neighbors, these volunteers make a difference that ripples further than they can see.”

Day of Caring volunteersDay of Caring by the Numbers

  • 30 Years of Day of Caring
  • 105 in-person projects at 41 nonprofit organizations
  • 26 Supply Drives
  • More than 1,300 volunteers
  • 5,263.5 hours of service in one day

#417DayofCaring in Action

Dozens of teams from area businesses and organizations volunteered during Day of Caring. Those with the highest number of employee volunteers were:

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Chase
  • City of Springfield
  • City Utilities
  • CoxHealth
  • Guaranty Bank
  • John Deere Reman
  • Mercy
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Paddio