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Day of Action is an opportunity for communities to come together and address the issues that matter most to them. For some, it’s stuffing backpacks full of books to encourage reading and improve early literacy. For others, it’s planting community gardens to foster civic pride and promote affordable, healthy eating. In that sense, Day of Action mirrors the work that United Way does year-round: empowering people to affect positive change in their own backyards, and across the world.

In 2014, thousands of people in more than 300 communities—from Macon, Georgia to Mumbai, India—committed their time and their passion to creating long-lasting solutions that benefit everyone.

Success Stories

  • Tackling Hunger in Waterbury, Connecticut

    United Way rallied dozens of local companies to collect more than 7,000 pounds of food. The food drive supports local food pantries that struggle to meet the need of local youth when school is out in the summer months.

    United Way of Greater Waterbury’s impressive haul on Day of Action will be added to their annual Stock the Pantry Drive, which in 2013-2014 donated 17,842 pounds of food, providing 14,868 meals to those in need. An incredible 56 partner companies contributed to this effort.

  • Early Literacy in Shanghai, China

    Volunteers in Shanghai, China marked their 2015 Day of Action by promoting early literacy. Employees from Eaton China volunteered to read to children, and the company presented United Way Worldwide with a check for RMB100k Yuan ($16,000 USD) to support an early education initiative called Sprout.

    The Sprout initiative is the first joint effort between United Way and the Shanghai Charity Foundation, and its ultimate goal is to improve early learning opportunities for 30,000 migrant children living in Shanghai.

  • Depend Promotes Volunteering in 17 Cities

    One of United Way’s major corporate partners, Depend, is dedicated to promoting volunteering as part of an active, healthy and independent lifestyle.

    On Day of Action, their support helped United Way impact the lives of more than 310,000 people through the tireless efforts of more than 5,000 volunteers engaged in more than 30 projects across 17 cities—places like Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where more than 700 volunteers packed 375,000 servings of oatmeal in 8-serving re-sealable packages that will be distributed to all of the food banks in the state.

    Depend’s commitment to lasting community change goes beyond Day of Action. They have engaged United Way in a three-year partnership, and their passion for volunteering has us all excited about the new and exciting projects yet to come. 


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United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by volunteering to improve the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability, and health.


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