Day of Caring 2015
Nonprofit Partner Application

United Way Event

Special Note for Day of Caring 2015: This year, there are two levels of participation and funding. Tier 1 and Tier 2 proposals are due 6/1/15


Day of Caring is Friday, September 11, 2015. This year, Day of Caring falls on a National Day of Service and Remembrance so we are setting our sights on working with you to recruit hundreds of new and returning volunteers. Volunteers are ready to participate in collaborative projects that create positive change, build community gardens, paint walls, read to kids, stuff envelopes, build picnic tables, put together supplies, plant trees and more. This is your chance to show first hand the great work your organization does and garner some attention and support from potential donors and media. Your organization can benefit from the skilled and enthusiastic volunteers and exposure available on Day of Caring!

Event Overview

Day of Caring is a day of service when individuals, families and teams of coworkers or friends can volunteer at nonprofit agencies throughout the region. Volunteer teams ranging in size from 10 -150 tackle meaningful projects addressing community and agency needs. The morning of the event will feature a Kick-Off breakfast and rally at Cal Expo before volunteers are sent on their way to complete your organization’s project. Before starting projects and throughout the day, volunteers learn about your organization and our hope is these experiences will garner future financial support. United Way California Capital Region produces this event in order to promote volunteerism and create awareness of the accomplishments of nonprofits throughout Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. Day of Caring serves as the annual United Way Kick-off to the campaign season.

Planning a Day of Caring Project and Applying for Funding

Funding opportunities are available from United Way California Capital Region and our corporate partners to cover all or some of the costs of the Day of Caring volunteer project such as materials, snacks, lunch, and water for volunteers. This year, there are two type of projects, Tier 1 and Tier 2. On the day-of, all projects should start with a brief overview of organizations involved and a tour of facilities (if possible). A United Way Volunteer Team Captain will be provided to all projects to help with day-of logistics and potential media visits. United Way will provide resources in promoting the event through media, corporate and community partners in an effort to recruit volunteers. In addition, all organizations involved are expected to help with volunteer recruitment for projects and share involvement through social media and other outlets.

Tier 1 Projects

Funding provided is up to $2,000. Project must provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity for 50-150 volunteers. Examples include major facility and park clean-ups or installations and other large scale volunteer projects. Organizations are highly encouraged to get creative and collaborate with each other, local cities, special districts, and other entities to coordinate a project that will make a meaningful impact in a community within our region. One organization must take the lead on coordinating the efforts. Water, snack and/or lunch must be provided to volunteers. Projects should start at 9:30am (except in special circumstances) and last between 3-6 hours on Friday, September 11. The “Project Budget Worksheet” (below) must be completed with all applications.

Tier 2 Projects

Funding provided ranges between $100-$500, depending on the project, with some exception. Project must provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity for 10-49 volunteers. Examples include building community gardens, painting walls, reading to kids, stuffing envelopes, building picnic tables, putting together supplies, planting trees and more. Projects should start at 9:30am (except in special circumstances) and last between 3-6 hours on Friday, September 11. The “Project Budget Worksheet” (below) must be completed with all applications. Saturday Projects: If you are unable to host a project on Friday and interested in hosting a project on Saturday, September 12 to be included as an extended project, you are encouraged to apply. Please note the Saturday project on your application. These applications are not guaranteed but will be considered.

For your application to be considered, please complete all of the following (Steps 1-3) by the following dates by Monday, June 1st at 6:00pm (both Tier 1 and Tier 2 project applications).

Step 1.) Follow the link and submit the webform below by the specified due date.

Step 2.) Download and complete the “Project Budget Worksheet” below and email to by the specified due date. Include organization name in subject line.

Step 3.) Email a picture or other visual of the potential project to along with the above completed document(s) by the specified due date. Please do not send more than three pictures. Include organization name in subject line.


Questions? Contact

Thank you for your partnership and interest in the United Way Day of Caring 2015. Your organization will be contacted ASAP if your application is approved or additional information is needed. Approved projects will require attendance by project lead on several conference calls and/or in-person meetings during the planning process. Additional information will be supplied upon approval of project. We look forward to working with you!