Commit to making an impact through volunteering, learning about racial equity, and filling out your census.
For most of us, COVID-19 has impacted all parts of our lives, and United Way of Salt Lake’s annual Day of Caring event is no exception. We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional in-person event that would have happened September 10th.
Even though this year’s Day of Caring won’t mobilize thousands of volunteers to complete hundreds of impact-focused projects, you can still make a difference. If the thousands of Utahns who normally volunteer at Day of Caring take the time sign up to tutor, register to vote, or learn more about racial equity, we can still make a big change in our community.
Here are some of the ways you can safely support and celebrate our community on September 10th!
1. Sign up to be a virtual mentor or tutor as part of our Stay Safe, Stay Connected initiative! Local organizations, including Latinos in Action, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, Volunteers of America, and One Refugee are looking for volunteers to help students with school, preparing for college, and to be a supportive adult figure in a kid’s life. Sign up for an opportunity here.
2. Share a photo from a past Day of Caring project on your social media on September 10 with the hashtag #DayOfCaringTBT
3. Another way to care for your community is to register to vote and to submit the 2020 census. The census determines how billions of dollars in federal funding flows into communities each year as well as determines the number of seats each state has in congress.
4. Take time out of your day to review a few resources on racial justice or commit to completing the full 21-Day Challenge put together by YWCA Utah.
To learn more about the other work United Way of Salt Lake is doing to help kids and families across our community during this time, visit uw.org.
By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Manager