(July 27, 2023) – The fifteenth annual Day of Caring in Southern Kentucky was on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Nearly 1,000 volunteers from dozens of local companies, as well as individuals, participated in the annual event with one common goal: to Live United in a collective effort to improve the community. The Day of Caring allowed for 60 nonprofit projects to be completed in six counties throughout southern Kentucky.
The United Way Day of Caring is focused on aiding nonprofits, but it also allows a different environment for companies, and individuals, to build trust and comradery. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations made a commitment to offer their employees a hands-on, volunteer experience with a wide variety of nonprofit projects to choose from.
In the months leading up to the Day of Caring, nonprofits submitted projects that they needed help with, or drive requests for supplies they could utilize to help others. Then, teams of volunteers and individuals were matched with projects on a first come, first serve basis. In accordance with United Way’s Community Impact focus, all Day of Caring projects were designed to address issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.
“There are few greater feelings in life than watching a community come together. But that feeling is amplified when it is your own community that you are watching do so. It is truly incredible to see so many people lend a helping hand each Day of Caring” said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “ To all the volunteers, thank you, on behalf of the many nonprofits whom you have personally helped, for giving your time, and volunteering this Day of Caring.”
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.