Project registration now open for United Way's Day of Caring

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  • BDN file photo Volunteers place their blue and orange hands next to a painted hand tree in the CASA Kidz Closet during a previous Day of Caring. United Way Blackhawk Region is currently accepting projects from nonprofits for the 2019 Day of Caring.

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    BDN file photo Volunteers cut a board to build grow boxes at Caritas Beloit during a previous United Way Day of Caring. United Way Blackhawk Region is currently accepting projects from nonprofits for the 2019 Day of Caring.

  • BDN file photo Volunteers place their blue and orange hands next to a painted hand tree in the CASA Kidz Closet during a previous Day of Caring. United Way Blackhawk Region is currently accepting projects from nonprofits for the 2019 Day of Caring.

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    BDN file photo Volunteers cut a board to build grow boxes at Caritas Beloit during a previous United Way Day of Caring. United Way Blackhawk Region is currently accepting projects from nonprofits for the 2019 Day of Caring.

JANESVILLE - Nonprofits looking to participate in United Way Blackhawk Region's 2019 Day of Caring can now register.

United Way is now accepting projects for the annual day of caring with a deadline of July 15. The Day of Caring event is scheduled for Sept. 18.

All nonprofit agencies in Rock County and northern Winnebago County may take part. The organizations don't need to be a United Way Funded Program Partner to participate. Nonprofits can submit more than one project, but they must submit each project separately.

Leslie Hulick, director of data analytics for Blackhawk Community Credit Union, is serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for United Way's upcoming Day of Caring.

Hulick said volunteers provide needed support to complete full or half day projects at the local agencies they're assigned to.

"We have often heard the projects completed on Day of Caring are otherwise improbable due to budgetary constraints, logistics and resource demands," Hulick said. "I believe United Way's Day of Caring exemplifies what it means to Live United and provides benefits for both nonprofit organizations and corporate volunteer teams that participate."

United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny said the organization is asking nonprofit agencies, service clubs, public schools, municipalities, and service organizations to consider submitting one or more projects volunteers can complete.

The projects have included assembling furniture and playground equipment, doing clerical work, creating toiletry kits, delivering flowers or meals, cleaning up parks and highways, painting, organizing, landscaping and much more.

For more information on United Way's Day of Caring and how to register projects, visit LiveUnitedBR.org/DOCprojects.

During last year's Day of Caring, 916 volunteers from 34 local companies completed 117 community projects for 44 nonprofits.

In 2017, 100 projects were carried out by 895 volunteers at 40 nonprofits.

United Way fights for individuals' health, education, and financial stability by providing community grants and resources to 60 human services programs at 28 nonprofit agencies in Rock County.

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