Friday, May 30, 2014
After 14 years of some of the largest Days of Caring in the world, Trident United Way’s Day of Caring is moving from September to Friday, Nov. 14 in 2014.
That’s the date when Lowcountry residents will once again volunteer their sweat and skills to make a difference in the lives of people in their community.
Day of Caring has grown beyond a single day of service into a launching pad for year-round engagement. Many of the companies volunteering their labor, expertise and supplies to area non-profits and schools have expressed the desire to increase their impact.
And so this year, in a continuing effort to make Day of Caring more impactful and strategic, Trident United Way is moving the date back two months.
“Our partners spoke and we listened,” said Kat Morgan, Community Volunteer Manager and lead organizer of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring. “The schools told us they needed more time in the school year to prepare for the event. Once we found that many of our corporate and non-profit partners also preferred the later date, we made the switch.”
Trident United Way continues its effort to focus Day of Caring more on achieving the Bold Community Goals in education, financial stability and health. September was difficult for schools because it required much of the planning to occur when teachers were on summer break.
The November date has other advantages as well. It moves the projects out of the late summer heat and farther from the belly of hurricane season.
Planning for this year’s event is well underway. Trident United Way is asking agencies to update their profiles by clicking here.
Day of Caring serves as an entry point for many companies to engage in year-round philanthropy by helping to inspire employees and connect with non-profit partners.
In its first 13 years, Trident United Way Day of Caring’s estimated value is over $15 million.