Day of Caring

September 26, 2018



Our United Way Day of Caring in the Charlottesville area was established in 1992 by the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish.

In 1999, the Day of Caring was renamed the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring in honor of Larry Richardson, a long-time volunteer of the United Way and the community, and past president of the Charlottesville Broadcasting Company.

The United Way Day of Caring is a yearly event that takes place on the third Wednesday of each September. An event that started with around 50 volunteers has now grown into an event that includes nearly 2,000 volunteers completing 200 projects in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Greene. The value of the volunteer’s service in the 2017 United Way Day of Caring was over $300,000.

You can get involved in the next United Way Day of Caring if you work at a nonprofit or public school by signing up to submit a project. 

Join us for the Kickoff Breakfast Rally at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital from 8-9am the morning of the Day of Caring. Enjoy a fresh breakfast and plenty of coffee and music to help get our volunteers ready for the day. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other teams/agencies while joining in all of the fun!

For more information, contact Caroline Emerson, 434.972.1707.


April 23, 2018

Registration Opens for Local Public Schools

June 8, 2018

Deadline for School Project Proposals

June 11, 2018

Registration Opens for Agencies (Non-Profits) and Teams

June 25, 2018

Project Registration Opens for Agencies/Non-Profits

July 20, 2018

Deadline for Agency Project Proposals

August 2 & 8, 2018

Team Leader Trainings (attend only 1)

August 13, 2018

Project Preview List Available Online

August 22, 2018

Project Selection for Teams

September 5, 2018

Deadline to Order Team T-Shirts

September 14, 2018

Deadline to RSVP for Breakfast Rally

September 21, 2018

Deadline for Agencies/Schools to pick up signs & checklists at United Way office

September 26, 2018

United Way Day of Caring (Breakfast Rally First)

October 1, 2018

Survey Link Sent to Team Leaders and Project Site Coordinators

October 5, 2018

All Surveys Due to United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area

October 5, 2018

Deadline to Return Signs to United Way office