At the heart of United Way’s strength are our dedicated volunteers–the hand raisers who step up to provide help and hope to those in our community who are struggling.
Our annual Day of Action is a wonderful day of giving back, allowing volunteers to make a massive community impact in one day. Many of our projects focus on supporting agencies that help ALICE® households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) who struggle and live paycheck-to-paycheck, addressing needs related to health, education and financial stability.
“Volunteers are the foundation of every successful organization and every thriving community,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “We are grateful to be surrounded by so many socially responsible companies who truly value volunteerism and who encourage their employees to dedicate a workday to volunteering. It is because of their leadership and commitment to our community that so much important work is done and so many lives are changed.”
In addition, Day of Action provides a financial benefit to area nonprofits hosting projects. These projects can potentially save the organizations thousands of dollars in costly, but necessary maintenance projects, enabling valuable and limited resources to be used for direct services to the organizations’ clients.
Hear from Day of Action volunteers and agencies on the impact of this incredible day of community and collaboration:
- “I love participating in United Way’s Day of Action because it gives me the opportunity to give back to my community. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the end result of a hard day’s work, followed by the smile and sincere gratitude in the eyes of those we help. Volunteerism is not just something you do once in awhile…it’s a way of life and I am blessed that my organization sees it that way. Thank you United Way for another successful Day of Action. I’m already looking forward to next year.” - Newtown Savings Bank employee at Children’s Adventure Center
- “Participating in Day of Action is a highly rewarding experience.” - Union Savings Bank employee at Harrybrooke Park
- “It was a wonderful day and we ended up with a beautiful garden!! Waiting for veggies to grow! Thank you very much again.” - Building One Community, Stamford
- “Each time I participate in a Day of Action event, I leave with a full heart and eyes wide open to the needs of others - it’s so much fun. The people are always terrific and it’s one of the most rewarding and positive experiences you can have when serving others. It’s a pleasure to be a part of these projects, and I am so thankful Pitney Bowes affords me the opportunity to participate.” - Pitney Bowes employee at Ability Beyond home in Bethel
- “Nothing is more rewarding than being able to help others.” - Union Savings Bank employee at Kent Children’s Center
- “It is because of this wonderful initiative that United Way put in motion and for the great coordination you do that we could take advantage of such a great day. We were so impressed by the great job the team from Pitney Bowes did. Their attitude, energy and willingness to help with everything we asked, even if the tasks were not appealing, were just a blessing to Saint Joseph Parenting Center.” - Saint Joseph Parenting Center
- “The day is about helping your neighbors and working as a team to better the community.” - Newtown Savings Bank employee at Children’s Adventure Center
- “It is always a very fulfilling day…for those of us that volunteer and for the nonprofits we work with. It is also great to have the opportunity to spend time with co-workers outside the office and give back to the community.” - Pitney Bowes employee at Ability Beyond home in Danbury
- “I have never had so many people say ‘thank you’ to me in one day. I wish I could have done more.” - Savings Bank of Danbury employee at New Milford Children’s Center