Nancy Perry Day of Caring 2016

2016 Nancy Perry Day of Caring Rescheduled to September 30

UPDATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
We have a new date! We have secured the Forrest Park Retreat Center as the new breakfast location and are re-confirming projects with all our agencies. Thank you for your patience! Rescheduling more than 1,000 volunteers is a big challenge, but we are getting it done. Watch our Facebook page for updates, and don’t hesitate to call  or email if you have questions!
Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement: 785.228.5120.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
United Way of Greater Topeka’s Nancy Perry Day of Caring was set for this Friday, September 16. More than 1,000 company employees and community volunteers were ready to tackle 72 projects for 34 non-profits, schools and other organizations. Unfortunately, with more than 800 of the volunteer spots involving outdoor activities and a high chance of thunderstorms on Friday,United Way executives in consultation with volunteer leadership have made the decision to postpone the entire event. A new date will be announced via traditional and social media when all arrangements have been confirmed. The following is a letter to volunteers, partners and sponsors from our Director of Volunteer Engagement.
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We are truly heartbroken that existing soggy conditions and a poor weather forecast for September 16 have caused us to postpone the Day of Caring. Eight hundred of our 1,000 volunteer slots are outside this year. We want our volunteers to have an exceptional and safe experience, and unfortunately, muddy ground and the potential for bad weather makes this highly unlikely on the scheduled date.

Our staff and volunteers are calling all company coordinators, and I am sending an email to all registered participants informing them of the change. We realize that this postponement will prevent some of you from attending a rescheduled event, but we hope that others for whom the 16th did not work may be able to fill in.

We anticipate that all projects will remain the same and will be completed on the same schedule on the new date.

Thank you so much for your understanding. Day of Caring is a community tradition, and we look forward to it all year. We know this is an unexpected and disappointing situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or concerns, and we look forward to a brighter (and drier) day in the very near future.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Wolff
Director of Volunteer Engagement

 

Nancy Perry Day of Caring kicks off at a new location this year—Lee Arena at Washburn University. Excitement is building for United Way of Greater Topeka’s largest volunteer event of the year. The annual Day of Caring is an opportunity for companies across the area to spend the day doing for others.

This year, 34 agencies have requested almost 1300 volunteers to complete 79 projects. Any nonprofit in the area can request volunteers. United Way also focuses on finding projects that connect to its community goals in education, financial stability and health.

There are still plenty of volunteer opportunities available, so grab some coworkers and sign up online at Get Connected. Volunteers get a limited edition t-shirt and an invitation to the kickoff breakfast on Friday morning.

 

Questions can be directed to Kimberly Wolff, Volunteer Engagement Manager.