Day of Action

As residents of a top-ranking state for volunteerism,  Des Moines denizens have proven that they love to make a difference. Enter United Way Day of Action Sept. 12, an opportunity for people to work together to make a positive impact on the community. The day also kicks off the organization’s campaign season.

“Each year, Day of Action is one of the biggest single days of corporate volunteer service in our community,” says Shirley Burgess, United Way of Central Iowa’s volunteer director. “Over 14,000 hours of service are dedicated in a single day.” That’s the equivalent of seven full-time people working for a year, with an economic impact of $250,000, according to research by the Independent Sector.

Day of Action will focus on three signature projects:

  • “United Way Read.Learn.Succeed” will pair volunteers with third graders at local elementary schools to read and write together.
  • “Reach Out to Dropouts” training will prepare volunteers for a role following up with school dropouts Sept. 22 so the youths can re-enroll, finish their education, and get back on a better path in life.
  • “Dressers for Kids” is a new initiative. Volunteers will gather at the State Fairgrounds to assemble 300 dressers that ensure each child who is moving out of a domestic violence shelter in Central Iowa has something to call his or her own.

Groups of four to 20 people can also organize separate projects with another nonprofit partner organization on that day. Browse projects and register at

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