United Way of the Quad Cities Area will host Day of Caring on Thursday, September 21, 2017, when 1,600 volunteers will participate in more than 90 projects throughout the Quad Cities.

Volunteers consist of teams from nearly 50 companies in the Quad Cities including major employers such as 3M, Arconic, Exelon, and John Deere, as well as small to mid-size organizations like Quad Cities Chamber, RK Dixon, and Russell Construction. In addition, the Charter Women from United Way’s Women United will participate in a project. 

Volunteer projects include reading and doing activities with children, a financial literacy fair for high school students, assisting with meal prep and serving the noon meal, sorting clothing and other donations for clients, painting, and landscaping.

“Day of Caring is one of my favorite days each year because it’s a day when you can see the generosity of so many people in the Quad Cities,” says Scott Crane, President of United Way of the Quad Cities Area. “Volunteerism is so important for our community, and we are grateful to everyone who is volunteering their time, as well as the companies who are lending their staff for the day.”

The media is invited to visit these projects:

  1. Café on Vine

    932 W 6th St, Davenport

    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    6 volunteers

    Volunteers will assist with meal prep, serving, and clean-up for the noon meal, as well as preparing and processing fruits and vegetable for winter storage.

  2. Community Action of Eastern Iowa – Head Start

    2800 Eastern Ave, Bldg D, Davenport

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    16 volunteers

    Volunteers will participate in the day of the life of a pre-schooler including playing, educational activities, and eating a healthy meal together.

  3. Family Resources

    2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    30 volunteers

    Volunteers will help with a variety of projects including painting, landscaping, sorting food pantry items, and organizing donated household items.

  4. Fillmore Elementary – Davenport Schools

    7307 N Pacific St, Davenport

    8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    20 volunteers

    Volunteers will help with the Operation Warm Hearts fall and winter clothing drive. *Note: please contact Dawn Saul at Davenport Community Schools if you plan to attend 563.336.5088.

  5. Hand in Hand

    3860 Middle Rd., Bettendorf

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    12 volunteers

    Volunteers will participate in the morning activities with children with disabilities ages infant to pre-school including reading stories, doing art projects, and playground activities. Volunteers will also help with playground landscaping projects.

  6. Skip-A-Long Child Development Services

    1609 4th St, Rock Island

    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    80 volunteers

    Volunteers will participate in a special Operation READ, a United Way program. Volunteers will read on-on-one with kids and complete an activity that relates to the book.

  7. United Township High School and Black Hawk College

    6600 34th Ave, Moline (building 4, level 2, Hawk’s Nest)

    7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    12 volunteers

    Volunteers will assist UTHS iJAG students at a financial literacy fair, providing real-life anticipated expenses and how to budget for them.

  8. YWCA of the Quad Cities

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    35 volunteers

    229 16th St, Rock Island

United Way’s Women United members will read with preschool aged children and do activities such as making a routine chart. (Women United is dedicated to ensuring all children are ready to succeed in kindergarten.) In addition, volunteers will paint classrooms and sort donated clothing 

Day of Caring is sponsored by Arconic and John Deere.

About United Way of the Quad Cities Area

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Quad Cities. unitedwayqc.org