2020 Fall DAYS of Action

Volunteer at Home with our Fall DAYS of Action

Day of Action is the chance to show everyone in our community that even though we are apart, we are United. With COVID-19 still ongoing and ever changing, in-person/traditional Day of Action projects were once again cancelled. Despite these changes, United Way is excited to continue to work with you in our virtual DAYS of Action! Join in by finding a volunteer activity that’s right for you!

We will feature an opportunity each day that represents our four issue areas.  Our focus areas are Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability and Health.  There are even more opportunities from our local organizations on Get Connected.

Calendar of Featured Projects

Wednesday, September 23, 2020- Mock Interviews and Resume Review with Express Employment Professionals

Interested in having someone review your resume or participate in a mock interview? 

Are you available Tuesday from either 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m.? 

Then look no further, for your perfect opportunity to hone your skills! 

In partnership with Express Employment Professionals and Lincoln Land Community College, individuals seeking resume review and mock interviews can sign up to receive advice from volunteers and professional experts. 

Sign-up to participate in the Virtual Resume and Interview event and let a virtual volunteer support you on your journey.

Other individuals can sign up to assist job seekers in need through providing advice on resumes and performing a mock interview. Volunteers will ask real interview questions and provide feedback for improvement and will also review resumes and cover letters. Volunteers can also provide guidance on how to dress for an in-person or online interview as well as other tips for success. United Way, in partnership with District 186, will run background checks on the volunteers to protect participants. 

Sign-up to participate in the Virtual Resume and Interview event and support someone’s next step right from your desk! 

All participants must complete a waiver. Click the sign-up button to fill out the waiver and to receive more instructions. Sign up by September 21st to participate! 

Thursday, September 24, 2020- Make Masks for Local Charities

Help make one of this season’s most fashionable and essential accessories, the mask, with this volunteer event. 

United Way partnered with Third Presbyterian Church to create ready to sew packs that volunteers can pick up at the church starting Thursday September 24. Each mask will take approximately 15 mins to complete.  Instructional video will be provided! You will need to have access to a sewing machine in order to participate in this project. Once the mask is made, you will need to run them through the washer and dryer for sanitation of the mask.

Complete the masks you pledge and drop the completed masks back off to Third Presbyterian Church, as described, so they can be prepared for distribution!

Friday, September 25, 2020- Type a Message of Support for Students in Springfield

Nothing can bring a smile or joy to person more than receiving an unexpected card from a friend or neighbor.  During a time when we can’t all be together, you can help bring joy and resolve to a family learning from home through District 186 by sending a message of support.

Simply type your letter via the link below.

After your submission is complete, we will print the cards with your personal message, personalize them and deliver to families by inserting them into free and reduced lunches.

All cards/letters are printed with a base message: “Thinking of you and sending cheerful thoughts to brighten your day!”

Saturday, September 26, 2020- Food and Supply Drive for Local Micropantries 

When basic needs are met, there’s hope for a brighter future—and a stronger community. Come to the United Way office and drop off your donations to help fill local micropantries!

Donations can be dropped off from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 26th at the United Way office (1999 Wabash, Suite 107, Springfield IL, across the parking lot from Dublin Pub). You will be greeted by United Way employees who will accept your donation and maintain social distancing. 

What items to donate:

  • Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bread
  • Canned Tuna or Meats
  • Canned Soups and Stews
  • Boxed Pasta and Pasta Sauces
  • Mac-n-Cheese with the Liquid Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Individual Sized Chips and Crackers
  • Apples, Oranges
  • Granola or Cereal Bars
  • Trail Mix
  • Canned Fruits and Veggies
  • Ramen, Noodles, Pasta
  • Peanuts, Almonds, Any Nuts
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Beans, Canned Chili
  • Fruit Cups
  • Prepackaged Oatmeal
  • Small Servings of Raw Potatoes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • P3 Protein Packs
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Supplies (sprays or pine-sol)
  • Laundry Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Soap
  • Bleach
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
  • Small Containers of Cat or Dog Food
  • Crayons, Coloring Books
  • Books
  • Small Toy Items- Gently Used

Small Serving or Individual sized items are the best way to reach more people.  Also consider donating pull tab cans.

Due to health reasons, please do not donate clothing for the micropantries.

We are invested in keeping volunteers like you and our community safe. All in-person activities are designed to keep volunteers safe while still giving you an opportunity to make a difference.

Why should you volunteer during our Fall DAYS of Action?

5 Reasons to Join Fall DAYS of Action

  1. It’s an opportunity to act.
    Even in our new normal, problems persist. But we all have the power to create change. Day of Action is the chance to do something instead of just talk about doing something. 
  2. It’s a way to be United, while we are apart.
    Throughout the health and economic crisis of COVID-19, our community has found ways to connect. This is one more opportunity to come together for the good of our neighbors. Because even though, in many ways, we are apart; we can still be United. 
  3. Giving back boosts well-being
    There’s a special spark of good feelings that come from making your community a better place – and the science backs it up! Many studies connect altruism with improved well-being and health.
  4. Volunteering makes you happier.
    According to research, people who volunteer are often happier and have greater satisfaction in life. This could be because spending time in philanthropic efforts causes your body to produce endorphins that make you feel good.
  5. Volunteering is fun for the whole family.
    Show your kids they can have a positive impact, no matter what else is happening in the world. Joining Week of Action, will help them see the importance of giving back to their neighbors.

Ready to make your community – and yourself – better, all in one day?