More than 550 volunteers needed for this year’s United Way Day of Caring

2013-07-31T10:40:00Z More than 550 volunteers needed for this year’s United Way Day of CaringBy CARLY CRANE | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way is recruiting more than 550 volunteers for its 14th annual Day of Caring to be held Aug. 14.

United Way’s Day of Caring is an annual event that connects the volunteer services of individuals, businesses and organizations to area nonprofits and neighbors in need. This year, volunteers will spend the day completing 32 projects throughout the Bismarck-Mandan community.

United Way has about 250 volunteers signed up for the event and is hoping to reach their goal of 550 volunteers, up from just more than 400 who volunteered at last year’s Day of Caring, so that all of the planned projects can be completed.

“(This event) helps to highlight how powerful of an impact volunteers can have,” Scott Hanson, the marketing specialist for Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, said. “It’s impressive, you can drive around on that day and see the volunteers all over town.”

Hanson says the annual Day of Caring “offers a different way for people to give back to the community.” It also is a unique way for businesses to get involved, as well, with an estimated 60 percent of the event’s support coming from local businesses, he said.

Many businesses lend their employees for the day, supply project materials, provide lunch, and help cover expenses through sponsorships. The event offers businesses and individuals a way to meet their philanthopic goals, while increasing awareness of local nonprofit agencies.

As one of this year’s new projects, volunteers will help sort donated clothing for Youthworks’s “We’ve Got You Covered” back-to-school clothing drive. Other projects include: the remodeling of a shelter, painting the home of a Bismarck senior citizen, Mandan city beautification, ditch clean-up near Wilton, home repairs for a Bismarck woman who recently suffered a series of hospitalizations, staining buildings at the zoo, and maintenance at Buckstop Junction.

To view a full list of this year’s projects, or to register as a volunteer, visit volunteerbisman. com. If you have special skills or resources to lend, or would like to become an event sponsor, call United Way at 701-255-3601.

Carly Crane is a junior at Barnard College and an intern for the Bismarck Tribune. Contact her at

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