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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! This year is our 24th year.

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

Day of Caring Timeline

Day of Caring, Saturday, May 16, 2020

Second week of January – Applications go out (January 10)

Second week of February – Applications due (February 7)

Second week of February – Committee Meeting (February 13 at 3:30)
Applications reviewed

Second week of March – Committee Meeting (March 12 at 3:30)
Site selection
Final budgets due from agencies March 15

Second week of April – Committee Meeting (April 9 at 3:30)
Contracts due back to United Way

Second week of May – Committee Meeting
Agency Checklists submitted

Friday, May 15 (the day before event) – site coordinators pick up T-shirts, clipboards, rock and supplies by noon at United Way.

Third Week of May – DAY OF CARING (Sat 16).

Last week of May, Agency Evaluation report is due to United Way (Fri 22)

June 11, Debrief, United Way 3:30

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What we’ve done since 2007


Thanks to our sponsors for Day of Caring:  Medford Fabrication, Avista Utilities, US Bank, Pacific Retirement Services, Moss Adams LLP, Wells Fargo, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Rogue Creamery, Sherwin Williams, Jackson Care Connect, Bennion Orthodontics, and Rogue Credit Union!  What a great day with more than 450 volunteers!



Children’s Advocacy Center, 816 W. 10th St., Medford, painting, Team Banner Bank

Family Nurturing Center, 212 Oakdale, Medford, landscaping, painting, Team Rogue Credit Union

Girl Scouts, 2001 N. Keene Way, Medford, landscaping, Team Propel, Team Wells Fargo

Hope Village, Columbus & McAndrews, Medford, painting and construction, Team Harry & David

Magdalene Home, 12 Black Oak, Medford, landscaping, Team Rogue Creamery

Rogue Community Health, 900 E. Main, Medford, gravel, landscaping, Team US Bank

Roots & Wings, 3703 International Way, Medford, painting, landscaping, Team Moss Adams, Team Rotary After 5

Sanctuary One, 13195 Upper Applegate, goat playground, Team United Way Board, Team Ashland YMCA

ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main, Ashland, painting, Team Bennion Orthodontics

Grants Pass Sobering Unit, 1010 SW Foundry St., Grants Pass, painting, Team US Bank

Unete, 1457 E. McAndrews (United Way parking lot), Medford, assembling farmworker welcome bags, young students, Girl Scouts 


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!



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



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.



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



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



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



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



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



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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