Day of Caring FAQ

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For Projects

  1. Who can register a project for Day of Caring?
  2. Can my project be turned down?
  3. What are some examples of Day of Caring projects?
  4. I've registered! What happens next?
  5. When I register for Day of Caring, am I guaranteed volunteers?
  6. What happens if my project isn't selected by a team?
  7. What are my responsibilities as a project host?
  8. What happens if it rains?
  9. What is the Day of Caring kick-off breakfast?
  10. Can I get Day of Caring shirts?
  11. Can United Way provide any other supplies?

For Volunteers

  1. Who can volunteer on Day of Caring?
  2. How do I register my team?
  3. What do I need to know when I register?
  4. When should I register my team?
  5. Can my team select more than one project?
  6. I've registered! What happens next?
  7. Do I need to create an account at Signup.com?
  8. Can my project be canceled?
  9. What happens if it rains?
  10. What is the Day of Caring kick-off breakfast?
  11. Can I get Day of Caring shirts?

 

1. Who can register a project for Day of Caring?

Any group or organization whose work positively impacts and/or benefits the communities at large within our eastern service area of Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong Counties is eligible to register a project for Day of Caring. You do not have to be a United Way partner agency or a 501(c)(3) non-profit, but your project does have to benefit the greater community.

 

2. Can my project be turned down?

Yes. All projects are subject to review and approval by United Way.

 

3. What are some examples of Day of Caring projects?

Day of Caring projects vary widely - which we love. Different volunteers have different intersets and skills, so the wider variety of projects we have, the better! Here are a few examples:

  • Picnic in the Courtyard - Volunteers are needed to set-up for a picnic lunch with our senior residents. Volunteers will help transport residents from their rooms to the courtyard, assist and interact with them during lunch and help cleanup lunch at the event’s conclusion. Volunteers should be able to socially interact with our residents and be able to transport them with wheelchairs.
  • Shelter Painting - Painting the living room of our shelter facility. It is a large room, approximately 14X24.
  • "Big" for a Day - Be a "Big" for the day by working with a child in the elementary school, similar to what a mentor with our agency would do.  Volunteers can expect to mentor a child one-to-one throughout the day but also participate in class activities/projects.
  • Helping Hands - Assisting agency staff with prepping materials for new volunteer trainings, continuing education trainings, outreach activities and events, and other organization tasks.
  • Spreading River Rock - We are in need of volunteers to help with landscaping at one of our residential facilities, including spreading river rock under the deck in the back yard and along the side of the house. The area will need to have weed paper laid and will need to be edged.  Then the area will need to have River Rock wheel barreled and spread.
  • Parent Handbook Assembly - Our First Steps Early Intervention department is looking for a few volunteers to assemble approx. 400 Parent Handbooks for the next fiscal year. These handbooks are distributed to each new family entering the program.
     

4. I've registered! What happens next?

Great! Here's what to expect:

  • First, you'll receive a confirmation email with a copy of your project registration. Keep this for your records.
  • On July 16, volunteer registration opens. Your project will be available for teams to select.
  • When your project is selected by a volunteer team, you will be notified via email by United Way.
  • You'll be instructed to work directly with your team moving forward, including communicating details about your project leading up to Day of Caring.

 

5. When I register for Day of Caring, am I guaranteed volunteers?

No. We will do everything we can to secure volunteers for your project, but projects are selected by teams who register to volunteer on Day of Caring.

 

6. What happens if my project isn't selected by a team?

You will be notified the first week of September. We can work with you to reschedule your project for another date.

 

7. What are my responsibilities as a project host?

Project hosts must provide:

  • Prompt and clear communication with their volunteers after their project is selected by a team.
  • One or more staff at their project site at all times.
  • All the equipment, tools and supplies your volunteers will need to complete your project.
  • Any necessary safety equipment.
  • Any meals taking place within the time frame of the project.
  • Water for all volunteers.
  • Completed Day of Caring liability & photo/video release forms for all Day of Caring volunteers and any additional volunteers, staff or clients associated with the project.  Forms must be returned to United Way within two weeks of the event.

 

8. What happens if it rains?

Day of Caring is a rain or shine event. We encourage you to have a back-up project planned in case of rain. If you must cancel your project because of rain, you are responsible for communicating with your volunteers. United Way is not responsible for individual project cancellations.

 

9. What is the Day of Caring kick-off breakfast?

The kick-off breakfast is an opportunity for volunteers, project hosts, United Way staff and supporters to gather and get fueled up for an amazing day of doing good. Project hosts and their staff are invited to attend. The breakfast will be held from 8-9 am at Hempfield Park. More information.

 

10. Can I get Day of Caring shirts?

Yes. Project hosts and their staff will be invited to order complimentary Day of Caring shirts July 30 - August 10. Orders will be processed by our partners at Staples and delivered directly to your organization. United Way will not have shirts available at our office. The order deadline is final.

 

11. Can United Way provide any other supplies?

You are responsible for all the equipment, tools and supplies your volunteers will need to complete your project. However, United Way can provide your project with Day of Caring yard signs, to help identify you as a Day of Caring project site to volunteers and the public on Day of Caring. Signs will be available for pick-up at the United Way office one week prior to the event and at the kick-off breakfast.

United Way partner PPG Paints also provides a limited paint donation program to participating Day of Caring projects. The program includes paint only and does not include painting supplies like brushes, rollers or drop clothes. The program is renewed on an annual basis, and in the case that the program is not renewed, United Way is not responsible for providing paint for your project. The Day of Caring project registration will provide additional details.

 

1.  Who can volunteer on Day of Caring?

Any community group, organization or workplace can volunteer on Day of Caring. The event is designed for volunteer teams and all teams must pre-register. Your team can be as small or as big as you like. Teams typically range from two people up to 70 people – or more!

 

2. How do I register my team?

Visit unitedway4u.org/DayofCaring between July 16 and August 31. Click the “register now” link to be directed to our volunteer registration page on Signup.com.

 

3.  What do I need to know when I register?

You’ll need to know your team leader's contact information (usually this is the person registering the team) and the total number of volunteers on your team. You'll also be able to pick your own project when you register, so you should know what project(s) is best suited to your team's interests, availability and skills.

 

4. When should I register my team?

Volunteer registration is open from July 16 - August 31, but the earlier the better! When you register early, you’ll get the best selection of available projects. Plus, those who register before August 10 will have the opportunity to order Day of Caring shirts.

 

5. Can my team select more than one project?

Yes. However, we recommend only taking on the number of projects that you are confident you can fill.

 

6. I've registered! What happens next?

Great! Here’s what to expect:

  • You’ll receive confirmation message from Signup.com.
  • You'll receive a confirmation message from United Way with a list of next steps.
  • Your Project Host will contact you to introduce themselves, review your project and answer any questions.
  • If you register before August 10, you’ll receive a Day of Caring shirt order form via email.

 

7. Do I need to create an account at Signup.com?

No, you are not required to create an account on Signup.com. You can register your team for Day of Caring and select a project without an account.

 

8. Can my project be canceled?

Yes. Periodically, Day of Caring projects cancel prior to the event. Should this occur, United Way will contact you directly and work to arrange an alternative project.

 

9. What happens if it rains?

Day of Caring is a rain or shine event. Your Project Host will have a rain plan in place in case of bad weather. Should your project have to cancel due to weather, your Project Host will contact you directly.

 

10. What is the Day of Caring kick-off breakfast?

The kick-off breakfast is an opportunity for volunteers, project hosts, United Way staff and supporters to gather and get fueled up for an amazing day of doing good. Project hosts and their staff are invited to attend. The breakfast will be held from 8-9 am at Hempfield Park. More information.

 

11. Can I get Day of Caring shirts?

Yes. All Day of Caring volunteers are invited to order complimentary Day of Caring shirts. The shirt order period is July 30 - August 10. Volunteer teams registered before August 10 will receive a shirt order form via email. Please note: Orders will be processed by our partners at Staples and delivered directly to your organization. United Way will not have shirts available at our office. The order deadline is final.