United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) 27th Annual Day of Caring is coming Saturday Sept. 15 with more than 49 community projects for volunteers, including a special Montecito clean-up and rebuild. Individuals and teams can sign up now to take part in the largest single-day volunteer event in the tri-counties.
More than 1,200 volunteers will come together to carry out a variety of service projects throughout Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Goleta 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15, ending with a Thank-You BBQ for participants at Oak Park that is being generously sponsored by Alberstons/Vons. Volunteer teams of all ages will come together to perform important service projects including orchard care at Fairview Gardens, estuary restoration near the Ellwood-Devereux Open Space with UCSB, and a special Montecito neighborhood clean-up being organized in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.
“It’s great to see teams of volunteers go out for Day of Caring each year, but it feels especially meaningful in 2018, with volunteers improving Montecito neighborhoods where many of our neighbors lost so much,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “This is a great opportunity for our community to stand shoulder to shoulder to accomplish something great.”
Day of Caring volunteers will meet at their respective service sites at 9 a.m. sharp. Free T-shirts will be provided to volunteers. At noon, all are invited to attend the Thank-You BBQ at Oak Park, with lunch sponsored by Albertsons/Vons to help celebrate everyone who has donated their time and effort to this wonderful event.
Day of Caring is part of a nationwide effort to support community organizations by connecting thousands of volunteers with beautification and improvement projects that otherwise might not be completed. In 2017, volunteer hours are estimated to have been worth $300,000 in services to the local community.
Volunteers can sign up for Day of Caring in teams or individually at https://volunteersb.org/ or by calling (805) 965-8591.
Day of Caring 2018
Saturday, Sept. 15
Volunteer projects at 9 a.m.-Noon
Thank-You BBQ: 12 p.m.
BBQ to be held at Oak Park, West Alamar Avenue and West Junipero Street in Santa Barbara
United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.