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day of caring

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Day of Caring brings together local community members, businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and local colleges and universities to take part in service back to the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities. 
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for Day of Caring 2020. To learn more, contact Amanda Leech at amanda.leech@uwhr.org

Day of caring projects are live! 

Day of Caring is a day of volunteerism and education about the most pressing needs in our community. For the first time, there will be two ways to participate:

1. Workshops are a way to learn about and hear from community partners doing work on the front lines in our local community. Sign up for an interactive experience to learn more about the greatest needs in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and how you can be a more thoughtful change-maker!

2. Projects are the same as they've traditionally been for Day of Caring which includes projects such as trail clean ups, painting projects, etc. Any projects that are held in person will have a cap on the number of volunteers that can participate and all health and safety guidelines as published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be strictly enforced.

Day of Caring provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the mission of our local nonprofits, and for nonprofit staff to learn more about the people supporting them. Whether you join us solo or with a team of 25, we guarantee your work will enrich our community! 

Announcing our 2020 virtual day of caring keynote speaker

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Born on July 6, 2007, Mari is 13 years old and her young age has not prevented her from making a significant impact on the dialogue around environmental racism. In May of 2016, at the age of 8 years old, Mari wrote a letter to President Barack Obama challenging him to visit Flint, Michigan to see the crisis first hand. The letter was published in the Los Angeles Times and confronted the entire country with the reality faced by victims of state negligence. Her activism has led her to meet President Obama, President Clinton, President Trump, and a host of other politicians including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and many more.

Mari has used her platform to not only bring awareness to her community but to give back. Mari has raised over $500,000 for her Flint Kids projects including backpacks stuffed with school supplies, Christmas toys, Easter baskets, movie screenings, and has also given away over a million bottles of bottled water. Her Flint Kids Read initiative has gotten thousands of books into the hands of local children. Her Dear Flint Kids campaign has gotten in thousands of letters of encouragement for Flint Kids. She sits on the 2019 Kid Box Kids board of directors and has been involved with 18 x Eighteen (an initiative to get young people out to vote once they turn 18). She received the 2019 Shorty Award in Activism. She continues to make an impact on the kids in Flint. 

Mari Copeny has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Guardian, VICE, TIME, Refinery 29, The Washington Post, NBC News, Rewire, Buzzfeed, and more for her vocal opposition to the injustices of environmental racism. When Mari grows up she plans on running for president. 

Mark your calendars and join us in hearing Mari speak on September 23rd! 


 A big thank you to our Day of Caring Sponsors:


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Sponsorship opportunities are now available for Day of Caring 2020. To learn more, contact Amanda Leech at amanda.leech@uwhr.org

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