Day of Caring

What is it?

It’s about providing opportunity for others and using what we have to make life better for them. United Way Day of Caring is Jackson County’s largest single day volunteer effort!  In 2016 we celebrated 20 years of Caring!

What do we do?

United Way brings community members, workplace teams, faith-based groups, and other volunteers together to spend a day helping our community’s human service agencies keep their buildings attractive, functional and well maintained – activities from spring cleaning and landscaping to a new coat of paint.  This work, performed by our community, is suitable for multi-generational families and lay persons of all stripes.

For agency application to host a Day of Caring Project in 2017 fill out the two part application – Proposal (downloadable Word doc) and Equipment and Supplies Budget (downloadable Excel spreadsheet).

I never thought I led a sheltered life until the Day of Caring.
– Scott Nelson, Day of Caring volunteer,

It’s good to be in recovery and great to be working with people to give something back to the community.
– Tina, Day of Caring volunteer

What we’ve done since 2007

Our 20th Day of Caring! Celebrated at 20 Sites!

Addictions Recovery Center, 923 W. Main St., building picnic tables, pergola and landscaping, Banner Bank team
Ballet Folklorico, Central Medford High, 7 pm, ushers, concessions for performance, WiLL team
Butte Falls Landing – painting, Railroad Volunteers
Children’s Advocacy Center, 816 W. 10th St., painting, Moss Adams and Eaton teams
Compass House, 817 King St., landscaping, Rotary After 5 team
Family Nurturing Center – playground rehab
Girl Scouts, community garden, Rogue Creamery team
Laundry Love,
Henry’s Laundromat, Ashland, United Church of Christ team
Medford Food Project, canvassing, Rogue Community Health team, Oxford House team
Medford Senior Center, painting, LDS Church team
NOWIA, Unete, farmworker gift bags, Girl Scout girls team
OnTrack, painting, Regence BlueCross BlueShield team
Phoenix Counseling Center, 149 S. Main St., Phoenix, landscaping, Propel Insurance team
Providence Medford Medical Center – packaging soap
Redemption Ridge – painting, Bennion Orthodontics team
Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach, 601 N. Grape, painting, Goodwill team
Roots & Wings, 3703 International Way, painting, landscaping, Rogue Credit Union team
Southern Oregon Child and Family Council, Head Start, 1001 Beall Lane, landscaping, Columbia Distributing team
Southern Oregon Child and Family Council, Head Start, 1531 S. Peach, landscaping, fence building, staining, US Bank team
Teresa McCormick Center, 2500 S. Pacific Hwy., interior redesign, Harry & David team


19 years.  Check.  11 sites – 2015.  Check.  438 volunteers.  Check.  Day of Caring.  Priceless!  With 16 teams at 11 different nonprofits, it was the year of the paintbrush!   It was even on our shirts.   We painted at  Addictions Recovery Center, Community Works, Center for Nonprofit Legal Services, Consumer Credit Counseling, Rogue Community Health, Rogue Valley YMCA, Teresa McCormick Center and the Upper Rogue Community Center!  We repaired bikes and built shelves and cabinets and even did a little landscaping in between painting!

2014 Projects:

ACCESS – lobby and break room – fresh paint
Addictions Recovery Center, Moore Center Improvements – interior paint and a new bike rack
Ashland Supportive Housing – fence redo and fresh stain finish
Community Works, Dunn House – yard clean up and planting
Compass House – interior painting to ready facility for opening
Family Nurturing Center – re stain of fence around play area and play structure and plants and mulch for garden areas
Maslow Project, Jessica’s Closet – fresh paint, room organizing features – shelves, room divider and sorting bins.
OnTrack – new treatment program facility landscaping
Phoenix Counseling Center – raised garden beds for client garden therapy
RV Family YMCA – spring cleaning in the landscape and exterior painting
Roots and Wings – exterior painting and installation of nature path
SOCFC, Head Start, Eagle Point Center – exterior paint for classroom and storage buildings

2013 Projects:

ACCESS – preparation of five community gardens
Southern Oregon Red Cross – spring cleaning and planting
Arc of Jackson County, Central Point House – spring cleaning and planting in the yard
Easter Seals Oregon – installing shelving and storage inside and planting trees and cleaning up outside
Family Nurturing Center – Carpet and painting central hallway
Kids Unlimited, White City – bark and landscaping
Living Opportunities, Blue Heron Drive – landscaping and clean up
OnTrack, Emergency Residential Housing – remodeling and painting apartment and reading/craft area
Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon – painting health center interior
Rogue Valley Family YMCA – Spring cleaning and exterior painting
Talent Elementary School Outdoor Discovery Program – paving classroom area with pavers set in sand.

2012 Projects:

Community Works, Dunn House – painting and landscaping
Family Nurturing Center – landscaping’The House Next Door’
SOCFC Head Start – South Medford Center play yard
Kids Unlimited – painting the gym walls
Living Opportunities – The Studio pieces of the remodel
OnTrack Home Program – landscaping and painting
Southern Oregon Red Cross – landscaping, cleaning and carpet
Southern Oregon Humane Society – plank pathway, driveway regravel and brick memorial resetting

2011 Projects:

Addictions Recovery, Genessee – painting group room and landscaping and planting in garden area
Addictions Recovery, ARC Park – building 4 picnic tables
Addictions Recovery, Matrix – landscaping and gravel in driveway area
Community Works, Dunn House Shelter – painting inside, painting outside porches,  fence staining and landscaping/spring cleaning
Living Opportunities, Auburn House – building a shed
Living Opportunities, Golf View – building a fence
OnTrack, Home Program – landscaping and spring cleaning and painting small deck

2010 Projects:

Ash, Inc. – Fence Staining
Easter Seals – Exterior Painting & outdoor play area
Living Opportunities – Landscaping
OnTrack – Build fencing
Rogue Valley Farm to School – Multi-sport Relay
Roots and Wings – Painting equipment & sheds, drip system to planter boxes
Rogue Valley YMCA – Landscaping and spring cleaning
SOCFC, Southern Oregon Early Head Start – landscaping, spring cleaning and painting an covering play structure

2009 projects:

American Red Cross, Southern Oregon Chapter – landscaping and interior painting
ASH, Inc. – exterior painting
Community Works – lobby refurbishing
Family Nurturing Center – toddler play area
Phoenix Counseling Center – interior painting
RV YMCA – outdoor play area and indoor carpeting
The Arc of Jackson County – stone path, fence staining and interior painting

2008 projects:

American Red Cross, Southern Oregon Chapter
Ashland Supportive Housing – Painting, fence staining, landscaping
Community Works, HelpLine – Painting, redecorating
Family Nurturing Center – Landscaping, graveling, garden area, shed
Mediation Works – Painting
OnTrack Dad’s Home – Landscaping, roofing
OnTrack Home Program – Landscaping
Phoenix Counseling Center – Painting, landscaping

2007 projects:

Arc of Jackson County – refinishing the deck and  landscaping
Asante Child Development Services – playground enhancement
CASA of Jackson County – installing cabinets for storage
Community Health Center – landscaping project
Community Health Center – painting and landscaping
Family Nurturing Center – building a play area for toddlers
Living Opportunities – creating a meditation garden and assembling a gazebo
Medford YMCA – remodeling Child Watch room and painting
OnTrack – regravel parking lot, landscaping
Phoenix Counseling Center – deck finishing, interior painting, building a garden
Roots and Wings Child Development – building a playground

I never thought I led a sheltered life until the Day of Caring.
– Scott Nelson, Day of Caring volunteer,

We had people in tears.  It’s the awareness of what United Way does.  You see that you can make a difference.
– Christi Haines, Rogue Federal Credit Union, Day of Caring volunteer

It’s good to be in recovery and great to be working with people to give something back to the community.
– Tina, Day of Caring volunteer

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