Press Release: Community Volunteers Mobilize for United Way Day of Action

Community Volunteers Mobilize for United Way Day of Action

ScheelsUnited Way of Central Illinois will mobilize close to 275 (actual no. 273) people in our community to participate in its Fall Day of Action. In its fourth year, this fall’s community-wide day of service is the largest such event since United Way’ first biannual Day of Action in 2010. Participants will work on 25 projects organized through 21 participating nonprofit organizations throughout Springfield this Friday, October 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Day of Action is held in the spring and fall, giving individuals and groups the opportunity to complete community service projects. Last April, more than 240 volunteers participated contributing more than 700 hours of service. Volunteers from a record 28 local businesses and organizations committed to this fall’s event, including:

American General Life Companies
AT&T
Bank of Springfield
Benedictine University
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
CEFCU
Central Illinois Community Blood Center
City Water, Light and Power (CWLP)
Enterprise rent-a-car
Hanson Professional Services
Horace Mann Companies
Illinois National Bank (INB)
Marine Bank
Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co.
Scheels
Security Bank
Sikich LLP
Springfield Business Journal
Springfield Electric
Springfield Learning Academy
Springfield Housing Authority
Steve Koch, Ameriprise
Sylvan Learning Center
TitleMax
U.S. Bank
Wolter, Beeman & Lynch
Wells Fargo

Projects include such activities as cleaning, landscaping, light construction, painting, moving furniture and organizing at a record 21 local nonprofit organizations (25 total projects). Among these organizations are several nonprofits, including Henson Robinson Zoo, St. Patrick Catholic School, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Lutheran Senior Services at Concordia Village, that are participating for the first time.

Nonprofit organizations with volunteer projects being completed on Day of Action include:

American Red Cross – Illinois Capital Area Chapter
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois
Central Counties Health Centers
Central Illinois Foodbank
Contact Ministries
Family Service Center
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County
Helping Hands of Springfield
Henson Robinson Zoo
Lutheran Child & Family Services
Lutheran Senior Services & Concordia Village
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Salvation Army
Sojourn Shelter & Services
Sparc
Springfield Housing Authority
Springfield YMCA
St. Patrick Catholic School
Youth Service Bureau

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Independent Sector, each hour of volunteer service in Illinois provides $23.19 of economic value. On Friday, Day of Action volunteers will contribute more than 800 total service hours to the community, providing more than $18,600 in economic benefit to local agencies. United Way hosts the biannual Day of Action to encourage year-round volunteerism and demonstrate the value of volunteerism. To support volunteer efforts, United Way of Central Illinois launched a new volunteer web platform, Get Connected, in which potential volunteers can easily find opportunities from dozens of local nonprofits in need of help.

United Way staff will be available at various sites throughout the day. Please provide of advance notice of visits to site to alert the project managers, volunteer coordinators and UW Staff.

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Please call Jarid Brown, Director of Communication at 217-726-7000 or by email at jbrown@uwcil.org for more information.