Day of Caring

2024 Youth Logo Design Contest is Open!
Submission Deadline: Monday, May 20th


Winner 2023



On Thursday, August 1st, community members will volunteer to clean up a park, serve at a soup kitchen, paint benches, volunteer at a food pantry or school…and more! But we need your help!

The United Way of Cayuga County is seeking artist submissions for our Day of Caring T-Shirt design.
The winning design will be used on this year’s Day of Caring volunteer t-shirts, social media, and promotional materials.

We are looking for submissions from youth aged 8 and up. The winner will receive a gift and a T-shirt with their artwork on the front!


Fourth Annual Day of Caring
Thursday, August 1, 2024

A Day of Caring is an opportunity for volunteers to sign-up and tackle projects at nonprofits serving Cayuga County residents. Projects range from painting, stair repair, administrative work, gardening, and more!

During last year's Day of Caring, nearly 220 volunteers completed 16 different projects across Cayuga County in Fair Haven, Auburn, Aurora, Poplar Ridge, and King Ferry. Our goal is to see this event grow into more regions of Cayuga County!



  • Must be 10+ years of age
  • Youth 10 - 17 years of age, adult guardian (18+) is required to volunteer with child(ren)
  • Signed waiver and photo release form must be attached when you submit your volunteer registration
  • Individuals can register by themselves
  • Up to 15 individuals (youth and adults) can register as a team - teams can consist of family members, friends, and/or colleagues 
  • Volunteer registration deadline is July 19th. To guarantee a Day of Caring t-shirt, the volunteer registration deadline is June 28th. 


  • Must physically be within Cayuga County


  • Open to 501(c)3 organizations and community spaces such as libraries and parks
  • Must have an on-site coordinator for the duration of the event

  • Projects can be half-day (4 hours) or day-long (6+ hours)

  • Rain / inclement weather plan

Fair Haven, Cato, Port Byron

- Projects Coming Soon


Auburn, Sennett, Fleming, Owasco, Throop, Aurelius

- Projects Coming Soon

Union Springs, Aurora, Moravia, King Ferry

- Projects Coming Soon



Loretto at the Commons on St. Anthony       Wegmans


Auburn Crane & Rigging*  |  Savannah Bank*  | Bouley Associates*  |  MEDENT  |  Tompkins Community Bank*  |  Auburn Community Hospital*  |  Beardsley Architects + Engineers*  |  East Hill Medical Center*


* = Year-Long Events Sponsor, supporting Mini-Golf, Day of Caring & Countywide Personal Care Drive, Legacy Donor Soiree, and 2024-25 Campaign

Local History | Day of Caring

In spring of 2021, Nucor Steel of Auburn's Vice President & General Manager, Jason Curtis agreed to be the 2021-22 Campaign Co-chair with his colleagues Karen Geiger and Jonah Simons. 

Part of Nucor Steel's mission is to be stewards in the communities where they live and work. Nucor partners with United Ways across the nation. Coming from an area that held an annual Day of Caring, Jason wanted to bring this community driven day to Cayuga County. 

As the Kickoff Celebration to the 2021-22 Campaign, Nucor and the United Way of Cayuga County held our Inaugural Day of Caring on Friday, September 24, 2021. Six projects were completed by more than 70 volunteers who live and work right here in Cayuga County. The first projects were completed for United Way funded Member Agencies with projects in Auburn and Owasco

In 2022, the 2nd Annual Day of Caring saw the completion of 16 projects for nonprofits and community centers in Weedsport, Throop, Fair Haven, and Auburn. One of the projects was to collect Personal Care Drive boxes throughout all of Cayuga County's villages. Nearly 120 volunteers came together to support this initiative.