Fall Day of Caring: 800+ volunteers come together!

On Friday, September 23, United Way Capital Area closed its doors as employees joined over 800 volunteers to complete 35 projects throughout the community. In total, volunteers gave 2,982 hours of service for UWCA’s Fall Day of Caring.

Individuals from 22 Austin-area companies came together in teams to build community gardens, support local organizations, mentor students in career skills and much more.

The event also boasts a key record: 28 projects were led by UWCA-trained Volunteer Project Leaders– each of them participated in a 2-hour session to learn how to make meaningful and lasting change in their community. Over the past 6 years, UWCA has taught hundreds of volunteer leaders as part of this national training initiative.

To say thank you to our dedicated volunteers, we put together a YouTube video featuring clips and photos from throughout the day.

Random quotes of kindness:

Austin Nature & Science Center– I was amazed at how everyone worked together to get the project done. The people from the Austin Statesman really did an awesome job. The place looks remarkable, more than I expected. I really like that we are able to be a part of the Days of Caring with United Way. We always get so much done on those volunteer days. Thank you so much! – Project Leader

Mainspring Schools– I absolutely loved this event. Sometimes when I volunteer, I don’t get to see the full impact of what my time and energy is buying. In this instance, I was able to see the impact of what our efforts were making on the community. The children were a joy to work with and I was impressed with the school itself. I would be happy to volunteer for this again. – Capital One volunteer

Any Baby Can– I was aware of Any Baby Can’s Early Childhood Intervention component but did not realize the breadth of its services until visiting yesterday.  It was challenging and interesting to be a part of the teaching English as a second language.  The individual I worked with is a motivated student. It was an engaging, challenging, and rewarding experience. – Community volunteer

Webb Middle School– I really enjoyed working with Amber, she was encouraging and informative. I was really touched by the assistant principal Valerie and I would like to continue to help by donating my time to this facility. Thank you. – Nordstrom volunteer

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Freescale (presenting sponsor), The Long Center for the Performing Arts, eBay and Coca-Cola.

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