• United Way Seeking Volunteers and Signing Up Households for Day of Caring

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    September 04, 2019

    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Save the date!  Our annual raking event, Day of Caring, is scheduled for October 26, 2019. Volunteers and team leaders can register online at https://www.uwswac.org/day-caring.  The day begins at 8:00am at the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club where volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a hot breakfast.  All youth volunteers (ages 17 and under) must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.


    We are also currently accepting registration from local elderly/disabled individuals who wish to have their yards raked by volunteers during Day of Caring. 


    To register to have your yard raked, call 715-421-0390 and speak to a 2-1-1 information specialist between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.  This program is designed for low- or fixed-income elderly and/or disabled residents who have no other means of completing the raking service (ie: no family nearby, unable to pay a landscaping company, etc.). 


    When calling to register, residents will need to provide directions (or the nearest cross street) to their home; and be able to describe their yard size:

    ·               Small – 3 or less trees

    ·               Medium – 4-6 trees

    ·               Large – 7-10 trees

    ·               Jumbo – more than 10 trees


    The deadline for residents to sign up is October 11, 2019.  Those who register to have their yards raked will be expected to provide their own paper leaf bags (if applicable) and instructions for the volunteers.  Instructions will need to include information about leaf disposal, which will depend upon the municipality they live in.  Volunteers will only be raking leaves.  Residents receiving services are asked to please clean up any pet waste and trash from their yard before volunteers arrive.


    During Day of Caring in 2018, 481 volunteers raked 77 yards, helping residents prepare their yards for the upcoming winter season. Join us to help our fellow neighbors and LIVE UNITED!




    Photo caption:  Volunteers raking for 2018 Day of Caring. 


    About United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties’ Volunteer Center


    The Volunteer Center is a clearing house for requests for volunteers and volunteer opportunities.  An online database of volunteer opportunities is available at volunteerunitedway.org. Volunteer opportunities are announced every Wednesday morning on WFHR; and can be viewed on Wisconsin Rapids Community Media.  The Volunteer Center works on several initiatives such as Day of Caring, Stuff the School Bus, Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count, and the Disaster Volunteer Reception Center.  

    The Volunteer Center is a program of United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties.  Its mission is to mobilize and inspire people to utilize their talents to enhance our community.