Day of Caring®
A United Way Day of Caring® is a unique opportunity for employees in a workplace to take part in volunteer projects at local community agencies. It also allows employees to come together, develop team building skills and make a difference in our community.
Studies show businesses that support employee volunteerism benefit with a bolstering of team spirit, increased organizational morale, exposure in the community and a greater understanding of how the commitment of time makes an impact.
As Day of Caring® volunteers your employees will share their knowledge and expertise, see firsthand the services provided by the United Way community partners and experience their United Way donation dollars at work. By participating in a United Way Day of Caring® event, you will be demonstrating that your company brings people together to build a stronger, healthier community for everyone.
Community Impact Tours
Our community impact tours are a true learning experience. We take you and your group into the heart of the community to see how United Way programs and initiatives change the lives of vulnerable people and how your support makes our work possible. Community impact tours are unforgettable, and they are a way for your group (company, organization, associations or community) to champion a social issue or key United Way priority area.
We offer impact tours in our three impact areas:
- All That Kids Can Be
- From Poverty Possibility
- Strong Communities
Make the Month – Taking a Look at Poverty
Ever wonder what it is like to live on a fixed income and to have to decide between paying rent or paying the bills? Our poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live as a typical low-income family, surviving from month to month. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and better understand the choices they must make to simply survive. Play Make the Month
Red Feather Friends
United Way’s Red Feather Program honours people who give for 25 years or longer to the organization. Today, our United Way is privileged to celebrate 475 Red Feather friends from across the region. These dedicated individuals represent the foundation of our community, uniting for change to build a stronger, more inclusive and caring community.
The red feather was adopted in 1949 as a national symbol of united fundraising and community building. At that time, donors often wore a red feather during the annual fundraising campaign to show their commitment toward united humanitarian giving. A special tea at Government House has been held to pay tribute to our Red Feather friends since 2009.